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Human brain evolution looks gradual. If you ignore enough data...

Bernard Wood’s research group has a new paper on brain size evolution in hominins, led by Andrew Du in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B: “Pattern and process in hominin brain size evolution are scale-dependent”. In this paper,...Show More Summary

Magnetic field traces gas and dust swirling around supermassive black hole

(Royal Astronomical Society) Astronomers reveal a new high resolution map of the magnetic field lines in gas and dust swirling around the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy, published in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Show More Summary

Cambodia discovers nest of critically endangered 'royal turtles'

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Wildlife experts in Cambodia have discovered a nest with 16 eggs built by the nearly extinct "royal turtle", in the first such discovery this year, the non-profit Wildlife Conservation (WCS) Society said on Monday.

10 Body-Positive Instagram Accounts You Need in Your Feed ASAP

Some say you are what you eat. I say you are what you feed yourself. The road to self-love can be a long and arduous one. And according to a study done by Royal Society For Public Health, your Instagram consumption can have negative effects on your mental health. Show More Summary

Machine learning won’t kill lawyers, but blockchain will

I fear for the professions. Those which have enjoyed a monopoly for so long due to their protection by Royal Societies and Official registries. Those which require accreditation and continued professional development. I’m not sayingShow More Summary

The Life of a Camera

(Flashing images) The Royal Ocean Film Society looks back at the life of a 1980’s Yamasheta 35mm film camera by flashing some of the photos that it’s taken, bookmarked with videos about major events, technology and politics across the decades.

Researchers Discover Orcas Can Imitate Human Speech

In a paper published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists report that a 16-year-old orca named Wikie was able to copy a variety of new sounds on command. The study joins a growing body of research illustrating the deep importance of social learning for killer whales. “We wanted to study vocal imitation [...]

Works on Paper Art Fair 2018 - review

The Works on Paper Fair continues at the Royal Geographical Society at the Albert Memorial end of Exhibition Road until 6pm on Sunday 4th February. RECOMMENDED: I visited yesterday slightly later... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Orca emits speech-like sound; reporters go insane

Published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B you will find (provided you have the necessary institutional credentials or library membership) a paper entitled "Imitation of novel conspecific and human speech sounds in the killer whale (Orcinus orca), by José Z. Show More Summary

Chemicals in brain that make honeybees more likely to sting discovered

A team of researchers from France and Australia has identified the neurological mechanism that underlies honeybee aggression in response to threats. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study of honeybees and what they found.

This killer whale trying to say ‘Hello’ in English is the best thing

Rarely, very rarely, the internet can still make a human deleriously happy. Today is such a day, thanks to research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Earlier this week, researchers from the Complutense University of...Show More Summary

How animators create realism by exaggerating movement

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Royal Ocean Film Society looks at the work of pioneering animator Richard Williams, whose work on Pink Panther and Roger Rabbit bucked animation trends and pushed for a more exaggerated style of movement. (more…)

RPS Young Musicians in action

The Pelleas Ensemble The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) supports a number of young musicians each year, in 2017, the RPS made awards to young musicians and composers to the tune of £91,000 and it supports over 100 young musicians annually...Show More Summary

Brave RSPCA Inspector Crawls Out Onto a Frozen River to Rescue a Dog Who Fell Through the Ice

last monthHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

When a nine year old black Labrador retriever named Hardy fell through the ice of the River Wansbeck near his Northumberland England home, Inspector Jaqui Miller from the Royal Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) bravely pulled herself on hands and knees across the ice using a long-handled pick to reach Hardy’s location. Miller...

How Animator Richard Williams Simulated Fluid Camera Movement Using One Drawing Per Frame

last monthHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

In a very illustrative video essay, Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society takes a look at legendary animator Richard Williams and his incredible ability to simulate fluid, three-dimensional camera movements just by decreasing the ratio to one drawing per frame. Most animation at the time was usually created with a 1:2 ratio, 1:4...

Last Call - Annual Open Exhibition 2018 of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

The deadline for the Call for digital entries for the next annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters is Friday 19 January 2018, 12 noon. This is an OPEN exhibition which any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Richard Williams: Animating Movement

The Royal Ocean Film Society spends some time looking at the works of Richard Williams, one of the last of his breed of hand animators – a man known for his fluid and dynamic style, and ability to create worlds with a tremendous sense of depth and perspective.

Robert Boyle's 17th century wishlist for future scientific breakthroughs

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In 2010, The Royal Society featured the "Desiderata" (previously) of Robert "Boyle's Law" Boyle, a list of dozens of scientific discoverie and breakthroughs that Boyle hoped would be discovered by scientists. The Prolongation of Life. Show More Summary

AS medals and awards honor leading astronomers and geophysicists

(Royal Astronomical Society) The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of its awards, medals and prizes. Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics through these awards.The announcements were made at the Ordinary Meeting of the Society held on Friday Jan. Show More Summary

U.K. politician explains stance on homeless ahead of royal wedding

After backlash, Windsor council leader says "key thing is to draw the distinction between homelessness – which is an abomination in a civilized society – and anti-social behavior"

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