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Free at Last: My Stroll with the CNN Freedom Project

It's funny where the stroll takes me to sometimes; this time it has taken me to the Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year, Cable News Network! CNN has a freedom project that has been dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery...Show More Summary

Celestial Snapshots of My Favorite Conjunctions (Op-Ed)

2 weeks agoNews : The Newsroom

Victor Rogus is an American amateur astronomer and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in London. This is the 10th in his series of exclusive Space.com posts about amateur astronomy. He contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Show More Summary

Would You Dump Your Black Cat for Not Looking Good in Selfies?

According to the British tabloid The Mirror, black cats are being abandoned in record numbers in UK shelters: 70 percent of cats at the 16 shelters of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are black. This strange...Show More Summary

The nasty RSPCA must stop bullying decent people

Do you remember Glenn Grant, the toff-bashing chief executive of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals? It was under him that the organisation wasted hundreds of thousands on unsuccessfully prosecuting hunts. He also hit the headlines when Secretary of State Owen Paterson ordered a badger-culling experiment as part of the drive [...]

wayfindr tech guides the blind through London Underground using Bluetooth beacons

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Even more so than their sighted counterparts, blind people rely heavily on public transport. In a survey of blind youth conducted by the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), however, about half of the participants stated that they were uncomfortable using the London Underground. Show More Summary

The Laughing Gas Experiments of 1799

3 weeks agoOdd : Neatorama

Humphry Davy, before he became President of the Royal Society, experimented on himself by inhaling large amounts of nitrous oxide, the laughing gas that dentists use today. Beginning in April 1799, the 20-year-old chemist not only inhaled it, but recruited his friends for nitrous oxide sessions to see if they achieved the euphoria he found. Show More Summary

Dairy farming transition ~2,500 years ago in the far north of Europe

Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0819 Neolithic dairy farming at the extreme of agriculture in northern Europe Lucy J. E. Cramp et al. The conventional ‘Neolithic package’ comprised animals and plants originally domesticated in the Near East. Show More Summary

Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used to help visually impaired individuals...Show More Summary

Service personnel join British Muslim community at 2014 Living Islam Festival

Representatives from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force were invited to attend the Islamic Society of Britain’s event, which ran from 31 July – 3 August. Military personnel of the Armed Forces Muslim Association delivered a multi-media presentation about their roles. They spoke about providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief in the wake […]

Fumbling towards transparency: the Royal Society’s “reject & resubmit” and submitted/published dates

Regulars will remember that nearly two years ago, I reviewed a paper for the Royal Society’s journal Biology Letters, recommended acceptance with only trivial changes (as did both other reviewers) and was astonished to see that it was rejected outright. There was an invitation to resubmit, with wording that made it clear that the resubmission would […]

Evolution in rainforest flies points to climate change survival

Scientists believe some tropical species may be able to evolve and adapt to the effects of climate change. The new findings published in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests some sensitive rainforest-restricted species may survive climate change and avoid extinction. Show More Summary

‘The Case behind the Case Books’ at Rare Book Week

Tuesday 22nd July, 1-2 p.m.  Royal Historical Society, 239 A Beckett Street, cnr. A Beckett and William Street, Melbourne

Archive from the world’s oldest photographic society to go on show

London's Science Museum is to host a major exhibition of prints and artifacts from the collection of the Royal Photographic Society, including prints and experimental cameras made by William Fox Talbot in the 1820s. Masters of Light:...Show More Summary

New bidding initiative from Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions receives exceptional results

last monthArts : Artdaily

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, together with The Auction Room, sold a selection of works from The Royal Agricultural Society of England in a ground-breaking bidding initiative that saw the auctioneering duo offer pre-auction timedShow More Summary

Bigfoot Field Research Organization Head Calls DNA Study "Meaningless"

Cryptozoology was rocked this July by the release of a two-year study on alleged Bigfoot DNA by London's Royal Society (paid for by producers of the UK series Bigfoot Files). Now, the chief of America's largest Bigfoot research group (and host of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot) has cried sample bias. Who's correct? Read more...

Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

The shape model, which is now published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, was developed using only a single emission line of near-infrared light emitted by molecular hydrogen gas. The characteristic 2.12-micron...Show More Summary

Students Art

2 months agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

On Tuesday 8 July the Mall Galleries in London opens The National Students’ Art Exhibition 2014. This is the 12th year it has been held under the patronage of the Royal Society of British Artists. The talented youngsters aged 11 to 18 years are from schools, colleges and academies across the UK. Show More Summary

Kate Middleton Makes Monday Look Good in London

Kate Middleton stepped out in London on Monday, looking gorgeous as she made her way to a conference about children's mental health at The Royal Society of Medicine. Prince William reportedly attended as well, and they both listenedShow More Summary

Kate Middleton Steps Out After Pippa's Today Show Interview!

Kate Middleton steps out after attending a conference at The Royal Society of Medicine on Monday afternoon (June 30) in London, England. The 32-year-old Duchess of Cambridge’s younger sister Pippa Middleton‘s long anticipated first television interview ever aired on The Today Show that morning and we finally got some insight from her! “It sounds funny [...]

How 'Death Smell' Can Reveal a Body's Secrets

Yes, corpses are smelly—but a more careful examination of that stench may help investigators learn just when a person died, the Royal Society of Chemistry reports. An international research team says the trick is to measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like sulfurs, alcohols, and nitro compounds that change in...

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