Podcast Episode 2 – Do Robotic Elephants Never Forget? [Show Notes]

On this episode of Citizen Historian, you heard an interview with Dr Benjamin Rosman of the CSIR at The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. We discussed AI, robotics, machine learning and all that other neat stuff, and also how this applies to Africa as part of the developing world – and of course the big robotic elephant in the room: the dangers of … Continue reading Podcast Episode 2 – Do Robotic Elephants Never Forget? [Show Notes]

From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part II)

PART II – The History of Zoos & Animal Welfare Organisations This is Part II of the Conquerors to Custodians series where we will explore a brief history of zoos, and detail the various facilities and organisations that manage and monitor them. Read Part I here. We’ll start this article with a brief history of zoos and animal parks in general and then as applies … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part II)

From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

PART I – Introduction There is so much to discuss on a topic like this, especially for someone like me who, although currently a historian, grew up working on a conservation facility with my family, and still works in this field on occasion. This article is not a quick pop-sci piece, this is a lengthy essay discussing the merits of zoological facilities and the issues … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)

The Atomic Bomb – From Function to Fallout

  I was invited to speak on 6 August 2017 at a special event hosted by the Congolese Civil Society at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference was to be on nuclear weapons, the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the legacy of atomic weapons and how the Congo was directly involved in the acquisition of uranium for the bombs dropped … Continue reading The Atomic Bomb – From Function to Fallout

Are Blood Cells Bigger in Bigger Animals?

Short answer: yes, blood cells, specifically, can be bigger in bigger animals. The obvious reason behind this is that the larger the animal the more oxygen it would need to get to various parts of it’s body and thus would need bigger and more numerous blood cells. But I am no biologist and apparently there is division in the scientific community over the exact reason … Continue reading Are Blood Cells Bigger in Bigger Animals?