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‘Nail Can to Knighthood’ exhibition RHSV 15 July-18 December 2015

The Royal Historical Society of Victoria have a fantastic exhibition at the moment that draws on their collection of material about Macpherson Robertson – the source (bless him) of Australia’s oldest, and my very favourite chocolate bar: The Cherry Ripe … Continue reading ?

5 things that are driving us to drink this weekend.

last weekHumor / odd : Happy Place

1. Flying spiders are a real thing now, not just the premise of the latest Michael Bay movie. I quit. (via National Geographic) According a study published Wednesday in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, large arachnids who live in the American tropics can glide with more agility than cats. Show More Summary

Engineers Can Reduce Wind Energy Costs

A new maintenance technique developed by engineers from the University of Sheffield could end up making wind energy cheaper. As published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the new technique could allow engineers to predict...Show More Summary

See no Evil

Like their equivalents on this side of the pond, the anti-tobacco jihadists of Britain’s Royal Society for Public Health believe that smoking outside can be a menace: The BBC explains: The public smoking ban should be extended to beer...Show More Summary

Mega Buzz: Once Upon a Time Cordially Invites You to a Royal Ball

Camelot isn't all about being a knight and sitting at round tables. On Once Upon a Time this season, our friends will also attend a society event. "I can tell you Episode 2 is a ball at Camelot," co-creator Edward Kitsis tells TVGuide.com. "Eduardo [Castro], our fantastic costume designer,... Read More > Other Links From TVGuide.com Once Upon a Time

Royal Society shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Looks like a decent selection, but none are under review at the complete review ; I really should be getting to more science titles. (The last non-literary non-fiction I covered was in... March, more than eighty books ago, sigh.)

TPOTY 2014

3 weeks agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

All the finalists from the Travel Photographer of the Year competition (TPOTY) can be seen at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, London, until 5 September (CLICK). Shown is Sue O'Connell's close-up of a Model at a Fashion Festival at Jember, in East Java, Indonesia. Show More Summary

Cilla Black RIP

4 weeks agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

Shock news: singer and TV star Cilla Black has died aged 72. She died in Estepona in the Costa del Sol, Spain, where she lived. It was only last year that Cilla received honours from BAFTA and the Royal Television Society to celebrate her 50 years in showbiz (CLICK).

How Intense did the Battle Between Bob Ward and ExxonMobil's Army of Climate Deniers Get?

In this DeSmog UK epic history post, the battle continues between Bob Ward – working at the Royal Society at the time – and ExxonMobil’s army of climate deniers. Bob Ward, the then head of media at the Royal Society, was shocked when...Show More Summary

Rising sea levels are suffocating already-endangered turtle eggs

As climate change drives sea levels to rise around the globe, scientists are warning that it could have a devastating effect of the survival rate of turtle eggs. In the new research, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, scientists found

Study suggests Japan falsified whale hunting data during the 1960s

Japanese commercial whale fleets are accused of altering their records in the late 1960s, according to a study published recently in the journal Royal Society Open Science. Continue reading ? The post Study suggests Japan falsified whale hunting data during the 1960s appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

The Breakthrough Initiatives: Galvanizing the search for life in our Universe

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

At a Royal Society event in London earlier this week, Professor Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, and entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced an ambitious 100 million dollar initiative aimed at galvanizing the search for extraterrestrial life. Show More Summary

Stephen Hawking Teams Up With Russian Billionaire for $100 Million Alien Search

last monthNews : Newsweek: US

Stephen Hawking is teaming up with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, to head up a $100 million project to search for extraterrestrial life in the biggest alien hunt ever staged. The Cambridge physicist was at the Royal Society in London...Show More Summary

Stephen Hawking, Russian Billionaire Launch New Alien-Hunting Effort

last monthNews : Huffington Post

A new venture to scan the skies for alien life just got Stephen Hawking's backing. At the Royal Society in London today, the famed physicist and Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner announced the launch of a $100-million initiative to search for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth, BBC News reported. Show More Summary

Billionaire investor Yuri Milner says he is going to spend $100 million renting massive telescopes to search for life on other planets

Are we alone in the universe? Billionaire investor Yuri Milner believes it is the most important question. He also believes not enough is being done to answer it, and he has decided to help. On Monday, at The Royal Society in London, Milner announced that he will spend $100 million over the next 10 years funding the search for extraterrestrial life. Show More Summary

An Atmospheric Scientist Explains Why That ‘Mini Ice Age’ News Is Bogus

Last week, a press release from the Royal Astronomical Society caught the British news media’s attention. It quickly spread to American outlets, and soon headlines blared across the Internet announcing the coming of a “mini ice age” in 15 years. Show More Summary

Adam Buck

Yesterday the Ashmolean in Oxford opened An Elegant Society: Adam Buck, artist in the age of Jane Austen. An Irish miniaturist, Buck came to London in hopes of making his fortune. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and quickly established a wealthy clientele of royals, landowners, serving Officers and society hostesses. Show More Summary

Some Missing Teeth In Old France

2 months agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

image credit French teeth are something of a specialty for the president of Great Britain's Royal Historical Society. Colin Jones, who is also a history professor at Queen Mary University of London, wrote two memorable monographs on the subject. The Presurfer

Africa Writes report

The Royal African Society's annual literature festival, Africa Writes was held 3 to 5 July, and at openDemocracy Ché Ramsden has a lengthy report on it, In celebration of African literature: Africa Writes 2015. Local success storiesShow More Summary

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