I wrote this earlier and I was just intrigued by the amount of literature that is available on frankinsense, myrrh, Magi, and Zoroaster. It is like academic catnip.

Frankinsense and Myrrh In keeping with this seasons of festivities and celebrations across religions and regions, I thought we might pitch in a bit from the botanical perspective. I suppose that aside from the religious significance this time of year, many would just need a reason to get out of the house and celebrate wading through the darkest winter. The Magi and GPS The Journey of the Magi has an interesting (economic) botanic connection that worths repeating, if on … Read More


By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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