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The curious tale of Solomon and the Phoenix

Monday, January 16, 2017

One of the more enigmatic manuscripts now in the British Library (IO Islamic 1255) from the rich library of Tipu Sultan, ruler of Mysore (d. 1213/1799), is the untitled qiṣṣah or tale featuring a figure popular across the range of...

Recording of the week: Mr Seagalman calls his animals in

Monday, January 16, 2017

This week's selection comes from Emme Ledgerwood, Collaborative Doctoral Award student with the British Library's Oral History department and Leicester University. In this recording, made more than 100 years ago on a wax cylinder, the different calls Mr Seagalman uses...

New PhD Placements: Greek Papyri in the British Library

Friday, January 13, 2017

The British Library is offering a PhD placement opportunity for a student working on Greek papyri. This three-month placement will allow someone studying various aspects of Greek literature, papyrology, Late Antique history and religion to have first-hand experience with the...

Making hydrogen from wax

Friday, January 13, 2017

Philip recently attended an event for other Oxford University chemistry alumni, and one of the speakers drew attention to a recent publication from, among others, Oxford chemists, regarding the production of hydrogen from paraffin waxes by microwave degradation using a...

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