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New RoSPA website for older drivers

Aimed at helping older people adapt to changes in their driving to stay safe on the road, a new website has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The new website – olderdrivers.org.uk – has been set up with funding from the Department for Transport and gives tips on how […]

Published This Day: Steno Recognizes Fossils as The Remains of Once Living Animals

From Today In Science History:In 1667, a classic paleontological paper by Nicolaus Steno was published by the Royal Society, London. His topic, Head of a shark dissected, represented the first such scientific paper to recognise that fossils were the remains of creatures who had died and subsequently had become petrified. Show More Summary

Why is yawning more contagious among women than men?

2 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Italian scientists who documented humans interacting in everyday situations have found that women are more susceptible to catching the urge to yawn from others than men are.The findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, may shed light on this social contagion and on the differences in empathetic capacity between women and men.Read full article >>

Paintings of Michelangelo Reveal His Malady

For centuries it has been thought that Michelangelo suffered from gout in later life, which was at the time used as a catch-all phrase to include all forms of arthritis. Researchers are reporting in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine that the famous artist instead had osteoarthritis. It's...

Michelangelo Worked Through Acute Arthritis in His Later Years, New Study Says

6 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

An article published this week by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that Michelangelo Buonaroti suffered from osteoarthritis for the last 15 years of his life.

Jurassic lacewing vs. modern butterfly

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

"A study out today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society: B that features IU paleobotanist David Dilcher as a co-author identifies a Jurassic-age insect whose behavior and appearance closely mimic a butterfly — but whose emergenceShow More Summary

Newswire: The Force Awakens won a bunch of visual effects awards, obviously

In what might be the single most boring outcome possible for a battle royale between bears, dinosaurs, and spaceman with laser swords, the Visual Effects Society handed out its awards today, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game Of Thrones won the day. Show More Summary

Indiana University paleobotanist plays role in discovery of 'Jurassic butterflies'

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--IU paleobotanist David Dilcher is a co-author on a study out today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society: B that identifies a Jurassic age insect whose behavior and appearance closely mimic a butterfly - but whose emergence on Earth predates the butterfly by about 40 million years. read more

Social contagion: Women more likely to yawn in response to others, study says

Italian scientists who documented humans interacting in everyday situations have found that women are more susceptible to catching the urge to yawn from others than men are. The findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, may shed light on this social contagion and on the differences...

Aussie Horror: Driver Mows Down 17 Kangaroos

A strip of Australian highway was left strewn with injured and dead kangaroos Monday morning, and animal welfare officials are trying to find out who they say ran them down intentionally, the Guardian reports. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says a driver outside Brisbane purposely...

Ecotricity & Royal Society For Protection Of Birds Install New Wind Turbine At RSPB Headquarters

Originally published on Planetsave. The Royal Society For Protection Of Birds (RSPB) in the UK last week announced an objective that began about 10 years ago — a renewable energy project for the charity to offset its contributions to climate change. Show More Summary

Royal Society For Protection Of Birds Installs Wind Turbine To Cut Emissions

The Royal Society For Protection Of Birds (RSPB) in the UK last week announced an objective that began about 10 years ago — a renewable energy project for the charity to offset its contributions to climate change. Collaborating with Ecotricity, the Royal Society For Protection Of Birds installed a new wind turbine at RSPB Headquarters at the Lodge. Show More Summary

Bringing time and space together for universal symmetry

New research from Griffith University's Centre for Quantum Dynamics is broadening perspectives on time and space. In a paper published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Associate Professor Joan Vaccaro challenges...Show More Summary

Prehistoric Rodents With Brains The Size of Primates!

Virtual endocasts of Eocene Paramys (Paramyinae): oldest endocranial record for Rodentia and early brain evolution in Euarchontoglires. 2016. Royal Society B. If new U of T research on the brains of an ancient rodent tells us anything, it's that bigger does not necessarily mean better. Show More Summary

Lecture: “Ocean acidification and atmosphere oxygenation in deep time”, Tuesday, 2 February 2016, TMAG, Hobart

Date & time: Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 8.00 pm Venue: Royal Society Room, Customs House Building, TMAG, Hobart Prof. Ross Large is the outgoing President of the Royal Society of Tasmania, a UTAS Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economic Geology. Professor Large and his team have developed a method for mapping the ocean’s trace elements and […]

New RoSPA course to help fleets improve occupational driving safety

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched a new course designed to help organisations improve the safety of their fleet drivers. The Driving Mentor and Assessor Programme has been developed by RoSPA based on its work with energy firm SSE to improve the standard of driving across the company’s fleet of […]

Only 4 Of Your Facebook Friends Really Matter, New Study Finds

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Having lots of friends online doesn't mean you'll have more people to  pick you up when you're down. Research published last week in The Royal Society Open Science journal shows that we tend to keep our friend groups small -- on the internet and in real life. Show More Summary

Folktale phylogeny

Over at Languagehat's place, there's been a lively discussion of Sara Graça da Silva & Jamshid J. Tehrani, "Comparative phylogenetic analyses uncover the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales", Royal Society Open Science 1/20/2016. Show More Summary

Environmental toxin may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative illnesses

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Jan. 20, 2016 - A new study published today in the science journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B indicates that chronic exposure to an environmental toxin may increase risk of neurodegenerative illness. Conducted...Show More Summary

Fairy tales trace back thousands of years, some older than the Bible

Many well known fairy tales predate the existence of modern European languages and major world religions, finds new research. The findings, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, open up the possibility that popular folktales influenced writings in Greek and Roman mythology, the Bible and other religious works. Show More Summary

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