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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

13 hours agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

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 […]

Royal Society calls on UK Government to take action on antibiotic resistance ahead of G7 summit

Royal Society calls on UK Government to take action on antibiotic resistance, tropical diseases, and the future of the ocean ahead of G7 summit. Today the national science academies of the G7 countries, including the Royal Society in the UK, handed three statements to their respective governments for discussion during the G7 summit at Schloss […]

Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to "help identify Nepalese nationals or others with local or regional experience to provide technical IFRC has

Public meeting: “Ocean acidification: What’s it all about?”, 4-5 June 2015, Royal Society, London

Registration closes on 20 May 2015! A two-day public meeting at the Royal Society, London on 4-5 June will discuss the latest scientific findings arising from the UK Ocean Acidification (UKOA) research programme, co-funded by NERC, Defra and DECC, and the German partnership programme, Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (BIOACID). The chemistry of the global ocean […]

Why Mike is interested in Royal Society Open Science, and why Matt isn’t

Copied from an email exchange. Mike: Did we know about the Royal Society’s PLOS ONE-clone? http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/about I am in favour of this. I might well send them my next paper while the universal waiver is still in place. Matt: Did not know about it. Their post-waiver APC is insane. How can they possibly justify $1600? Mike: […]

Increasing diversity does not lead to better quality, says analysis of NHS

A new study published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has found that alternative providers of primary care in the NHS, including private sector companies, do not perform as well as traditional GP practices. read more

Portrait Painters

2 weeks agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

The Mall Galleries in central London is currently holding the annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. There is a wide range of styles, media and prize-winners. Shown is Fabio by Brendan Kelly RP. Admission costs £3 for adults, £2.50 for silver surfers. CLICK for more pictures.

Study: Male Chimps Hunt Barehanded, Females More Likely to Use Spears

A study recently published in the Royal Society Open Science found that in at least one population of chimps, females are much more likely to use spears and other hunting tools than males. The research was conducted by a team led by Iowa State Universi...

Largest Structure Ever Found Is a Really Cold Hole

Researchers using NASA's Wide Field Survey Explorer and a telescope in Maui have discovered what they are calling the "largest individual structure ever identified by humanity," reports the Royal Astronomical Society. So large, in fact, that the only way to measure its size is in light years—1.8 billion...

Live-blog: the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication

I’m at the Royal Society today and tomorrow as part of the Future of Scholarly Scientific Communication conference. I’m making some notes for my own benefit, and I thought I might as well do them in the form of a blog-post, which I will continuously update, in case anyone else is interested. I stupidly didn’t make […]

Prizewinners at the 124th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

This post highlights the prizewinners at the 124th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. I'll be writing more about the exhibition on Saturday. The Private View as per usual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

All aboard for the PBFA’s Travel & Exploration Book Fair this Sunday

This Sunday sees one of the landmark events in the PBFA calendar – the Travel and Exploration Book Fair at the Royal Geographical Society in the heart of London. This book fair is all about epic journeys, historic travel and exploration, collectable atlases and maps, and voyages to the furthest corners of the world.  It runs […]

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Sheer coincidence that we were visiting the East Riding of Yorkshire last week when the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) opened its new visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs. We approached the reserve on two walks first from...Show More Summary

Neandertal flutes debunked

Royal Society Open Science DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140022 ‘Neanderthal bone flutes’: simply products of Ice Age spotted hyena scavenging activities on cave bear cubs in European cave bear dens Cajus G. Diedrich Punctured extinct cave bearShow More Summary

Who will win the NEW £15,000 'Conversations Prize'?

This year the Annual Exhibition of the of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters has a brand new prize - the £15,000 "Conversations" Prize sponsored by Seven Management. A Conversation piece allows... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Are Neanderthal bone flutes the work of Ice Age hyenas?

'Bone flutes' found accross Europe in caves are more likely to be the scavenged remains of cave bears finds this study. Credit: Cajus G. Diedrich A study in Royal Society Open Science says that so called 'Neanderthal bone flutes' are no more than the damaged bones of cave bear cubs left by scavengers during the Ice Age. Show More Summary

100 Miles From Home, a Stolen Dog Flags Down RSPCA for a Ride

A dog who had been missing since late March is home now, thanks to having the good sense to flag down a van from the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Alfie, a seven-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, was stolen from his home along with another Terrier, Lillie, during a burglary in March. Show More Summary

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