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The Royal Anti-Science Society of Edinburgh?

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley The campaign by certain rent-seeking scientific societies to push a single, narrow view of the climate question continued in Scotland today with a meeting coyly entitled Climate Change: Science and Society at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s once-famous, once-scientific society. Show More Summary

There’s something interesting brewing…

There’s something interesting brewing over at the Royal Society of Chemistry. They’ve been beavering away trying to figure out what the (UK) public thinks for chemistry, chemicals and chemists. Results are out on Monday 1st June via a live-stream. Be sure to tune in and join in the conversation on twitter with the #Chemperceptions hashtag. And … Continue reading »

BMT WBM Scientist Udy wins Kevin Smith Prize

BMT WBM’s Brisbane-based Graduate Scientist, Danielle Udy, was recently awarded the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland 2014 Kevin Smith Prize for her honours research.

Video: Interest Rates, Inflation & Clear Communication

Another interview, this one with Sir Professor Charles Bean, former Deputy Governor at the Bank of England and past President of the Royal Economic Society. I thought this one went well.

New study suggests link between gaming and neurological disorders

A new study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal suggests that there may be a connection between frequent video game playing and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The study, run by Professor...Show More Summary

RSL Ondaatje Prize

They've announced that the 2015 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize -- a £10,000 prize for: "a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place" -- goes to Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood,...Show More Summary

Jeremy Paxman: BBC licence fee can’t last

Although Jeremy Paxman spent several decades working for the BBC, the presenter took an opportunity at a Royal Television Society talk today to cast doubt over its future. With the BBC’s charter renewal… Continue reading The post Jeremy Paxman: BBC licence fee can’t last appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Chelsea Show

I find it difficult to believe that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show is back again. The weather hasn't been good enough to get me in a gardening sort of mood. Still, here are three Synchronised Swimmers to prove the show was open to royal visitors today. Show More Summary

For One Week, Chelsea Flower Show Tickets Outsell Almost All Other Events

For one week in May every year, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) holds the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London.  Widely considered the most famous garden show in the world, visitors from across the globe attend the five-day affair and marvel at some of [...]

Doctor Garry XIX: Nullius in Verba

Much like Bruce Forsyth, the Royal Society has a catchphrase: Nullius in verba or 'On the word of nobody’. Science isn’t about assertions on what is right, handed down from authority figures. It’s about clear descriptions of studies, and the results that came from them, followed by an explanation of why they support or refute a given idea. Show More Summary

Innovations: The poor guy who invented the digital camera is now getting blamed for selfies

Steve Sasson has racked up a healthy list of accolades: inventor of the digital camera, recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and he was a 2012  honoree at the Royal Photographic Society Awards.Read full article >>

Earth's Oceans May Have Crash-Landed Via Ancient Asteroids

SimEarth was right about one thing. The best way to wet up a planet? Hurl a bunch of icy asteroids at it. That, at least, is one interpretation of a new study published in the Royal Astronomical Society, which supports the hypothesis that most of our planet’s water crash-landed via space rocks eons ago. Show More Summary

Body Swap: How Technology Can Simulate the Gender Experience

The menstruation machine. Image: Rai Royal Ever wondered what it’d be like to swap sexes for a little while? Sure you have. Even in the most gender-equal society (which we’re not), people have different experiences based on their sex and gender. Show More Summary

Travel writer Paul Theroux wins British royal medal for ... geography?

American travel writer Paul Theroux has enthralled readers with tales of train travels around the world for more than four decades. Now Britain's Royal Geographical Society will award him one of its top medals for "the encouragement of geographical discovery through travel writing."

Travel writer Paul Theroux wins British royal medal for ... geography?

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American travel writer Paul Theroux has enthralled readers with tales of train travels around the world for more than four decades. Now Britain's Royal Geographical Society will award him one of its top medals for "the encouragement of geographical discovery through travel writing."

Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, new research strongly suggests. Published by the Royal Astronomical Society and led by the University of Warwick,...Show More Summary

The Medical Journal of Australia vs Elsevier

While Mike’s been off having fun at the Royal Society, this has been happening: Lots of feathers flying right now over the situation at the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). The short, short version is that AMPCo, the company that publishes MJA, made plans to outsource production of the journal, and apparently some sub-editing and […]

Pop music study proves hip-hop's influence; fans totally not surprised

Of all the things suggested by Royal Society Open Science's massive study of Billboard Hot 100 hits, hip-hop's revolutionary qualities shoudn't have been so surprising.

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards

The 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards were announced last night (5 May 2015), recognising outstanding musical achievement in 2014. The awards were presented by Dame Felicity Lott and Sir Antonio Pappano made the keynote speech. Show More Summary

Live-blog: the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication, part 2

I’ll try to live-blog the first day of part 2 of the Royal Society’s Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication meeting, as I did for the first day of part 1. We’ll see how it goes. Alex Halliday, vice-president of the Royal Society Introduction to reproducibility. What it means, how to achieve it, what role funding […]

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