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Is there info on how Mayans invented hard rubber?

I know they had balls from the rubber trees mixed with morning glory flowers. A technology that was lost when the European colonizers came. But was there any info on who made this discovery and how?
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Have there ever been any schemes for the classification of experiments?

There have been several book classification schemes, for example: Dewey Decimal, Library of Congress, etc. Have there been any experiment classification schemes, i.e. sets of criteria by which to ...
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Resources to learn about the state of academia in the early 1900s?

Was not sure if I could ask this in the Academia Stack Exchange as the question is a little bit meta, so HSM looked like a more appropriate place. Apologies if that's not the case. There is currently ...
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In Middle Ages Europe, Physical scientists referred to the "Queen of Sciences"; what was this?

We often hear scientists write of the Queen of Sciences. To what were they referring? And is it relevant in today's research?
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What was so hard about discovering/inventing the number zero?

This question's pretty simple really. A concept of the number 0 is a major landmark that's used when discussing advanced civilizations in pre-modern history. It was something that civilizations came ...
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What are the most precise measurements in science?

In 1957, Littlewood wrote that these are measurements of time in astronomy. Astronomers operate with times intervals between astronomical events 1000 years apart with accuracy 1/1000 of a second. This ...
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How did the intergovernmental panel on climate change get established and become the authority on the topic?

I am interested in both the science communication and the "politics" of how this happened. How did we go from "A consensus of evidence has started to emerge that man-made climate change ...