Beer and Bread from Ancient Yeast

Before the clockwork scarab, before the fairy ring of mushrooms, the idea for FLIGHT OF THE SCARAB started fermenting when I read an article about scientists collecting ancient yeast from Egyptian pottery and bringing it back to life in the form of bread and beer....

On Mexican Antiquities

In A WHISPER OF BONE, we meet Carlos Tetzopa, a visiting professor from the National Mexican Museum. Such was the name of the museum as it opened in 1825. Since then, the museum has gone through a number of name changes. In 1910, it was changed to  the National Museum...

The Bone Wars

In my book, A WHISPER OF BONE, mention of real historical individuals and locations surfaces. Charlotte works for none other than O.C. Marsh, founder of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale. Also mentioned is Edward Drinker Cope, of the Academy of Natural...

Antibodies and Antivenom

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/008AntibodiesAntivenom-copy.mp3 Anne Renwick discusses the immune system and how it reacts to snake venom, the inspiration behind the creation of Cait’s character and how she becomes the heroine of VENOMOUS...

Elemental Bones

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/007Bones.mp3 Bones. Far from static objects. In this podcast, Anne discusses aspects of bone physiology that made their way into THE SILVER SKULL. SHOW NOTES Osteoclasts and osteoblasts Vitamin D Rickets Scurvy...

Getting Medieval

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/006GettingMedieval.mp3 Are researchers really mining medieval texts for ideas they can apply to modern medicine? Yes they are! Listen to Anne Renwick speak about the current efforts that inspired Evie’s...

Medical Mistletoe

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/005MedicalMistletoe.mp3 Mistletoe, it’s not just for kisses! Is it poisonous? At a low dose, can mistletoe be used as a medicine? SHOW NOTES Mistletoe: Good for More Than Free Kisses Durable response of...

Lost Rivers of London

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/004LondonRivers.mp3 Anne Renwick tells the story of how the Effra, one of London’s lost rivers, came to play a key role in THE GOLDEN SPIDER. SHOW NOTES Effra The Lost River Tyburn The Original South London...

Greek and Latin

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/003Greekandlatin.mp3 Where do all those strange words come from? Anne Renwick discusses how she often uses Greek and Latin roots to name her various contraptions. SHOW NOTES A Book About Nicholas and Alexandria...

Bioluminescence

https://www.annerenwick.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/002Bioluminescencewebsite.mp3 Anne Renwick discusses bioluminescence (with a brief detour to fluorescence), her hands-on experience with it, and how it illuminates the dark nights in The Elemental Steampunk World....

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