Friday, November 16, 2012

Pics of Einstein's Brain; Tycho Brahe Not Poisoned

Today, there is news regarding two of history's most famous scientists. Previously unpublished photographs of the brain of physicist Albert Einstein, taken shortly after his death, have now been analyzed and show that his brain was unlike the average brain in many ways. A new iPad app allows anyone to download copies of these photographs.

Two years after being exhumed, chemical analyses of the corpse of 16th-century astronomer Tycho Brahe conclusively show that rumors of his murder are unfounded.

Surprise! Albert Einstein's brain was unlike the rest of ours, new study says

Published: Friday, Nov. 16 2012 12:32 p.m. MST

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Tycho Brahe Died from Pee, Not Poison

Date: 16 November 2012 Time: 11:44 AM ET
This is a watercolour of Tycho Brahe from around 1600 as he looked shortly before his death. His bushy mustache and slightly deformed nose with its prosthesis are visible. Both have been analyzed by the research team.

Two years after Tycho Brahe was exhumed from his grave in Prague, chemical analyses of his corpse show that mercury poisoning did not kill the prolific 16th-century astronomer. The results should put to bed rumors that Brahe was murdered when he most likely died of a burst bladder.

Separately, tests revealed that Brahe's famously "silver" prosthetic nose was actually made out of brass.

Born in Denmark in 1546, Brahe served as an astronomer for the Danish king before settling in Prague in the court of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II. Brahe is known for making the most accurate measurements of stars and planets without the aid of a telescope, proving that comets are objects in space and not in Earth's atmosphere, and hiring the not-yet-famous German astronomer Johannes Kepler as his assistant.

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