Public libraries are a recent phenomenon. They grew fast in the 1920s and 1930s when an expanding state thought it should get involved. Before that, though, the public had plenty of access to books—either through philanthropic foundations like the Carnegie Libraries, or through subscription libraries (of which the London Library in St James’s Square, London, was an early pioneer. Indeed, until well after the Second World War, private shops like Boots would lend books out to the public for a few pence. As for that other staple of public libraries, reference, the technology is making their job redundant.
The recipe for a perfect date night: a rom-com, a bowl of popcorn, and a syringe of testosterone — at least for gerbils, anyway.
Short-hop regional flights could be running on batteries in a few years.
Fluphenazine, once used to treat schizophrenia, is capable of blocking a compound connected to chronic pain.
The aging brain is networked differently.
The artifacts were often made from found objects – an Ivory dish-soap bottle transformed into an earthenware figure.