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No 80
Satellite view of the Rotterdam harbor

Anthropocene Formations: Process Landscapes of Petromodernity

The satellite image above shows the Port of Rotterdam, the biggest harbor in Europe. At Maasvlakte 2, an artificial island just off the coastline, the world’s largest tankers are able to dock. ...

No 79
Maier Atalanta Fugiens, 1618.

A Vital Force? Exploring Agricultural Uses of Alchemy in Early Modern Europe, ca. 1550-1730

According to the authors of early modern agrarian manuals, agriculture was in crisis. Soils had become depleted, crops grew smaller and fewer in number, and the growing seasons were shorter and...

No 77

Practices of Validation in the Biomedical Sciences

In 2021, the validity of Covid-19 tests became an issue of political and public concern. Can we rely on tests to re-open schools, shops, and museums while the pandemic is still in full swing? S...


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No 18
Tatou à trois bandes du Sud (Tolypeutes matacus)

Les voyages du tatou dans les sciences et par les mers

Dans les réserves du muséum d’histoire naturelle du Mans (musée Vert) se trouve un étrange animal venu du passé. Il porte une étiquette ancienne et figure parmi les objets les plus anciennement...

No 17
Dony Wardhana/Unsplash, FAL

Doctors only started measuring body temperature 200 years ago – here’s why

Over the past year, fever thermometers have become omnipresent. Body temperature is taken in front of shops, at airports, even before visiting a museum – often with ultra-modern devices. So-cal...