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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

Australia has an unpleasant history when it comes to national identity, and trying to impose one. A white one. Like in 1901, when descendants of the ‘founders’ who claimed Australia…

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Bureau Of Memories

Bureau Of Memories

Through the largest of Bethlem Hospital’s remaining apple orchards, over badger sets, and past a light pole on which kestrels are often seen perching, can be found a wood pile…

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Lasting Impressions

Lasting Impressions

Thomas Edison was a prolific inventor. At the time of his death in 1931, he had more than 1,000 US patents to his name…

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X Marks The Spot

X Marks The Spot

This is a tale of two halves. It begins around the turn of the 20th century, with the establishment of a new private printing press near the banks of the Thames…

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Photographic Revolution

Photographic Revolution

Edwin Herbert Land was a visionary scientist and inventor who 70 years ago changed the picture-taking habits of people around the world, the result of which is still felt today…

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When Plants Attack

When Plants Attack

In the north of England, chemical warfare is being gently encouraged – among the shrubbery, at least…

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Can’t Touch This

Can’t Touch This

In the editorial we made mention of the lovely paper this issue of Phox Pop magazine is printed on. If you take a moment to move your finger back and forth a little…

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Kepler’s Cosmic Cup

Kepler’s Cosmic Cup

There was a time when astrology and astronomy were not so scientifically, diametrically opposed. A time when Johannes Kepler wrote horoscopes for the royal court while also writing requests to the Duke for money…

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Witches Brew

Witches Brew

The general knowledge of women’s role in the invention of beer, and the establishment of the industry around it, has largely been lost to the hands of time, and…. witch-hunters?…

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Alpha, Gamma, Aha!

Alpha, Gamma, Aha!

A flash of insight might feel like a spontaneous, instantaneous revelation, but experts say they can see signs that something is brewing several seconds in advance…

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Hallucinogenic Books

Hallucinogenic Books

Libraries can expand your mind in more ways than one. A leading London mycologist has claimed that old books, particularly those stored in less than perfect conditions, can provide inspiration without the need…

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Petrichor

Petrichor

The natural world is full of gods, goddesses and other mythological creatures, in name, if not spirit. For nomenclature convention draws heavily on the Greek and Roman classics when labelling new species…

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Pyramid Of Death

Pyramid Of Death

In the 1820s, the tallest building in London was St Paul’s Cathedral, at 111 metres high. But architect Thomas Willson had grander plans. In 1829 he proposed to build a massive granite pyramid on Primrose Hill…

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Decoding A Star

Decoding A Star

"You wouldn't believe how many goths we get posing outside for pictures," says Father Brian Ralph, vicar of the church of St Barnabas at Bethnal Green. At street level on the corner of Roman Road and Grove Road in East London, it's not immediately obvious why. But as...

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I Eat Cheese, Therefore I Write

I Eat Cheese, Therefore I Write

Of course it's slightly more complicated than my play on Rene Descartes' famous philosophical proposition. But in simple terms, the discovery of cheese and the evolution of human tolerance to lactose had an influence on the development of written language. It all...

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Law And Order

Law And Order

Though it occupies a site which has been a centre of power since at least the Middle Ages…

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Body Building

Body Building

A company in London does a roaring trade in arms, legs, torsos and various other body parts.

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A Super Scientific Coincidence

A Super Scientific Coincidence

There’s kryptonite in that thar… Natural History Museum. A mineral with the same composition as Superman’s only natural weakness is on display in the Earth’s Treasury gallery at the London museum. Jadarite, discovered in Serbia in 2006, is composed of sodium, lithium,...

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Were Aborigines The World’s First Astronomers?

Were Aborigines The World’s First Astronomers?

It is acknowledged that Australian Aboriginal culture is heavily spiritual and symbolic, but a growing body of evidence suggests that the indigenous belief system represents a deep knowledge of the sky and the motion of the bodies within it. This knowledge was used...

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An Anarchic Christmas Miracle

An Anarchic Christmas Miracle

This year the UK has witnessed a Christmas miracle. A miracle in the form of an organic, grass-roots movement to topple the multi-million-pound star-making machine that is the X Factor with an anti-establishment anthem that declares ‘Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell...

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