this week in research Dragon anatomy. Cross-section of the spine. Atmospheric structure and high altitude sickness. What did you learn this week?
What a wonderful and varied collection 🙂
I learned about Predynastic Egypt, Climate in the Sahara 700,000 – 100 years BCE, cartouches and microcytic red blood cells.
What are microcytic red blood cells? 😀
Ancient Egypt… how fun!
They are red blood cells which are smaller than they should be – usually because of anaemia. Not enough iron means not as much haemoglobin which means less per cell which means cells are smaller (red blood cells are haemoglobin carriers and have no nucleii).
Mr Prue was discovered to have microcytic rbcs so has to go and be tested for ferritin which is something to do with iron. fyi, vitamin C from orange juice or similar, taken with iron-containing foods causes increased absorption of iron by the body.
Isn’t it amazing what you find out when you start looking? 😀
It sure is. 🙂
Ooooh! Looks like fun. I’ve been studying French and Britain geography, the English Channel, the Pyrenees and the French Alps, and trying to figure out exactly where this secondary world gets shoehorned in.
Are you creating an alternative Europe? Or do you want a new country in a contemporary or historical Europe?
There’s this lovely long country that spans from English moors to a mountain lake in France that is parallel to Europe but not in it. If you pass through the mists on the right sort of morning, you pass from the moors into Airlwynmor. If you cross over the lake in the right sort of storm, you pass through the Barrier into Vardin. On the mountain ranges is the nation of Rothnarak, and between Airlwynmor and Vardin are two other nations. These five, I know like the back of my hand. The problem is getting them properly positioned geographically. I come this close, but it still gives me fits.
Maybe these parallel countries can move in relation to each other? They sound as if they’re ‘otherworld-ish’. So maybe if they’re in a different time/dimension/elsewhere then the rules we know may not fully apply to them? Just a thought.
They sound wonderful and magical and mysterious, and make me think of the Scottish Isles or Welsh moorland. The name ‘Airlwynmor’ is fantastic!
You might have just solved my problems. Hmm…
Oh, that sounds lovely. Very Celtic and liminal. I have a fondness for hidden places and mystical boundaries.
Oooooooh! That’s genius!