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About Eric Hopton

Eric Hopton is a writer, musician, artist, and photographer. He has a degree in Social Anthropology and has always been passionate about travel, having so far visited 73 countries. His music and sound work has been used in many projects around the world and can be heard on Bandcamp and Freesound, where he has contributed over 1,300 sounds under his sonic alter ego, ERH.

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Mummified corpses reveal Roman TB secrets

Apr 10, 15 Mummified corpses reveal Roman TB secrets

Posted by in An English Angle, Health, Science

During repairs to a Dominican church in Vác, Hungary, one of theworkers found a crack in a wall and tapped it with his hammer. To his surprise, it sounded hollow. Here were the corpses of 265 Vác residents, forgotten behind their brick-limed tomb for a century and a half. Even more remarkably, many of those bodies had been naturally mummified as they lay deep in the crypt.

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Brits are nearly one-third German

Mar 22, 15 Brits are nearly one-third German

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

This is a weird and delightful thought, but Britain’s Prime Minister might be almost one-third Angela Merkel, the German chancellor – genetically speaking that is. It’s a concept that is really going to rub a few people the wrong way here in the UK.

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London hosts gruesome forensics exhibition

Mar 16, 15 London hosts gruesome forensics exhibition

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

This is one way to kill a few hours for visitors to London that is decidedly not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road packs a real punch with graphic exhibits from the often macabre world of forensic science.

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Composting humans: The ultimate Greening

Mar 13, 15 Composting humans: The ultimate Greening

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

Katrina Spade has a plan that will not only turn the vulturine American death industry on its head, but could also satisfy the needs of the greenest of the green. Katrina’s vision is extraordinary – she wants to build a facility to degrade the deceased, to compost our corpses.

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Doting crows adopt Seattle girl and shower her with gifts

Mar 01, 15 Doting crows adopt Seattle girl and shower her with gifts

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

Crows often get a bad press. Down through the ages, they have picked up a scary reputation. But for one eight-year-old girl from Seattle, they have become loyal and attentive friends. The birds have become so taken by young Gabi Mann that they bring her all manner of gifts on a regular basis.

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I’m hooked on music for science

Jan 22, 15 I’m hooked on music for science

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

If you are getting hassled for playing computer games, here’s a good one to fend off your tormentors and critics. Just tell them you are advancing the cause of science - The Science of Songs. So you get to have a bit of fun and support a worthy cause at the same time. What could be better?

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Will Black Beauty raise a million?

Jan 11, 15 Will Black Beauty raise a million?

Posted by in An English Angle, Lifestyle

When guitar maker Gibson began to sell the first “Les Paul” solid-bodied models in1952, they opened up a musical divide that still exists today. Gibson’s big rival, Fender, had their own groundbreaking guitar – the Stratocaster, which started to ship in big numbers in 1954. The totally different sounds, image and feel of the two guitars attracted die-hard devotees who went down two separate roads and they took the music with them.

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Mad Nazi cows come to a sticky end

Jan 07, 15 Mad Nazi cows come to a sticky end

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

It looked like bad news from the start, but there's no stopping some people when they get a bovine in their bonnet. Once Devon, UK, farmer Derek Gow decided to import a bunch of “Heck” cattle from Belgium back in 2009, he was set on a course with no potential for a happy ending. These beasts are not to be messed with and have been described as “Mad Nazi Cows.”

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A brick-sized cellphone to turn you into a fairy

Jan 03, 15 A brick-sized cellphone to turn you into a fairy

Posted by in An English Angle, Technology

What was the world like before mobile phones? According to some cute British kids of the smartphone generation who were shown one of the very first cellphones, that world was black and white and there were no cameras and no television. One girl was so mesmerized by the clunky box she hoped it would turn her into a fairy.

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I need to get smarter – I need more beer

Dec 26, 14 I need to get smarter – I need more beer

Posted by in An English Angle, Science

It's uncanny isn't it? When we drink, we think we have all the answers in the world. We think we are super smart. But a sober man watching someone getting steadily drunk sees the exact opposite - a slow descent into dumb stupidity. Believe me, I know. I spent a little too long working the beer pumps in a wild Aussie drinking den to ever think beer can make men brighter. Until now, that is.

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