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Today is the start of #SHW2020! Each day this week, I'll be tweeting about Britain's long, tempestuous and ever-so-slightly bonkers love–hate relationship with its #sexualhealth.

Darlings, brace yourselves. 💋 #SHW20 Image
We begin with the Victorians, who, contrary to popular belief, were obsessed with sex. In the C19, the only known #STIs were syphilis and gonorrhoea. Diagnosis depended on observable symptoms (no blood tests/smears). Effective treatments were non-existent. Image: @ExploreWellcome Image
In 1864 the British government introduced the Contagious Diseases Acts, intended to protect the armed forces through 'regulation' of 'common prostitutes'. The Acts gave police almost-unlimited discretionary powers to arrest any woman they thought might be soliciting. Image: HCPP Image
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The Decolonising Science Reading List turns 5 tomorrow and once upon a time I had a plan to write about that. But, pandemic.

Anyway, the white male president of a western empire recommended people inject bleach yesterday. Not sure western civ has scientific superiority on lock.
The empire that Bleach Man runs continues to occupy the lands of many peoples, including the Kanaka Maoli, whose struggles for autonomy motivated me to start reading more deeply about the history of science and science, technology and society studies.
5 years ago I started tweeting things I was learning, in order to help astronomers contextualize the struggle over Maunakea and the Thirty Meter Telescope. And people wrote me emails asking where I was learning stuff. I responded with a blog entry:…
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Hi #histSTM #histsci #histmed #twitterstorians of #biology & #biomedicine!

I haven't seen a list of digital #archive materials to use in this moment of quarantine, so I'll start one

Emphasis on collections with broad & eclectic materials.

picture: me in papery days. Image
the @CSHLLibrary has a digital repository which includes papers of individual life scientists but also lots of the material they accrued on related issues (the war on cancer, human genome project, etc.)
@nlm_news maintains the "Profiles in Science" page, which has scanned and distributed papers from numerous (bio)medical researchers-- once again a great collection to run keywords through!…
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MIT and Harvard are ramping down research and labs that aren’t doing critical work/covid-19 related work will effectively pause work.

I’ve never heard of anything like this happening. #HistSTM folks? I can only imagine that this disruption is like WWII era disruptions.
The good news is that MIT is paying *everyone* including people who won’t be able to do their on-campus job.

I don’t know how this affects contractors though, since for example I think dining services might be outsourced.
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@skidwayy is here now to talk about ‘Complexities Around Translating Scientific Knowledge in 19th Century British India’ #ScienceInUrdu #BSHSGlobalHist
@skidwayy 1/12 While Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-1898), founder of @AligarhMuslimUn, is a well-known figure in South Asia, his contributions to science education and popularization are relatively unexamined. Today, I am going to introduce us to some examples #histSTM #BSHSGlobalHist The cover for ‘The Cambridge Companion to Sayyid Ahmad Khan’ (2018).
@skidwayy @AligarhMuslimUn 2/12 In 1844 he published an Urdu translation of a Persian text titled ‘Tashil fi Jar-e Saqil.’ In it, he covered 5 machines/contraptions that could lift heavy loads, compress material & break hard matter #BSHSGlobalHist
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What does disability offer as a category of historical analysis? Why does #DisHist matter?
Here is an eg:
Born in Sardinia, Antonio Gramsci (1891–
1937) lived with physical disability, possibly due to Pott's disease (image not of him).../ The image shows a black and white photograph of the back of a young boy with deformities of the spine and neck.
His mother held to the idea that he was disabled after a fall down a flight of stairs which she blamed on a servant. The young Gramsci lived with chronic pain, and his condition may have impacted his growth as well.
#DisHist #DisabilityHistory #histmed The image shows a black and white photograph of a middle aged woman with dark hair wearing a dark dress, holding a toddler with dark curly hair and a white dress. The photo appears to be from the early 20th century.
Gramsci's own writings describe how he was called a gobbo (hunchback) by those around him & described how his condition made him feel like an "intruder" in his family.../
#DisHist #histchild #histmed
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We really need to talk about #history, dear Data-will-safe-the-future-folks.

This is a ridiculous take and stunningly disconnected from all the brilliant debates on history of data-science / history of #bigdata in the last years. #histstm…
There was this in 2017, a great Osiris issue on #Datahistories, asking about the histories of data and data-sets and reminding everyone to have a second look at the question, if big data is the answer.…
Or one could look at this issue in HSNS, where de Chadarevian & Porter ( and all other authors) where doing an excellent job of 'scrutinizing the data world'
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So I'm still processing my thoughts about The #CurrentWar.

My immediate reaction upon leaving the theater: This film is custom-made for a crossover between @SocHistTech and History at the Movies (#HATM).

(@HerbertHistory-If this comes to pass, let me know!)

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A few additional thoughts: The movie makes it very clear that the #CurrentWar was between Edison & Westinghouse.

Yes, Tesla is there too (more on him in a moment), but the system-builders (cf. Hughes) are front and center.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see Mary Stillwell Edison and Marguerite Erskine Walker Westinghouse featured prominently in the film. The latter is actually referred to as George's wife & business partner.

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Did you know that @HSNatSci publishes essay reviews? These reviews are ~3-4K words in length and creatively engage in #histTSM related books that are thematically related. We've published everything from retrospective looks at classics to emerging new directions 1/
They started in this format with the relaunch of @HSNatSci in 2008 under the guidance of then Book Review co-editors @GordinMichael and Angela Creager. The first two published were Matthew Stanley's "Einstein: Essence or Explanation?" V.38(2008): 153-61… 2/
Stanley incl. 2 biographies of Einstein by @WalterIsaacson & Jürgen Neffe, & an edited collection by David Rowe & Robert Schulmann, to think about the "reliance on personality as an explanatory category," esp. with #Einstein #histSTM… 3/
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Hey all, let us have a look at some basics of optics and light science today! #phdchat #Physics #optics
Let us look at some common objects that can be used to understand the nature of light rays. This includes mirrors and lenses. #phdchat #physics #optics
Light travels in a straight line. It is the most fundamental property of light. An obstruction on the path may only change its direction, else it travels in a straight line. #phdchat #optics #light
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