Studying the past, but not returning to it

It’s not just scientists at the cutting edge of technological development who get to have big conferences and get-togethers, you know. The UK’s own Nottingham University is playing host to a symposium for scholars who specialise in researching health issues as they were seen in medieval Europe. In related news, the UK government has ruled that ‘intelligent design’ is not science and must not be taught as such in schools – hopefully reducing the chances of us returning to the attitudes the aforementioned scholars are discussing.