" The greatest tyrants over women are women. "
William Makepeace Thackeray

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Renowned Surgeon James Barry Dies, Revealing Lifelong Secret

During the 19th century, Barry was a top British military surgeon who worked to improve conditions during the Crimean War. Known for a fiery temper, Barry famously argued with Florence Nightingale and fought in at least one duel. After Barry's death, a maid claimed that in the course of preparing the corpse for burial she had learned that Barry was actually a woman, but the British Army sealed all records on Barry for 100 years. What was revealed when the records were accessed in the 1950s?



US Camel Corps

The US Camel Corps was an experiment by the US Army to use camels as pack animals in the Southwest US. Using camels militarily had been suggested, to no avail, in 1836 during the Seminole Wars in Florida, but in 1855, Congress appropriated $30,000 for the Camel Corps project. One year later, a US ship arrived in Texas from the Middle East with about 30 camels. Despite the camels' impressive strength and ability to survive without water, the Camel Corps project was soon abandoned. Why?

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Rosalind Franklin

The double helix model of DNA formulated by James D. Watson and Francis Crick is considered one of the greatest scientific discoveries ever made. However, it would not have been possible without the work of Franklin, a British X-ray crystallographer. Without her knowledge, Maurice Wilkins, her close colleague at King's College, showed her research to Watson and Crick, who based their findings on her images. Why didn't Franklin share the 1962 Nobel Prize awarded to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins?

Last updated on Thursday, 25th July 2013

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