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Did 18th century prizes really stimulate innovation?

Maybe not, possibly patents were more effective.  Here is some new research from B. Zorina Khan, entitled “Prestige and Profit: The Royal Society of Arts and Incentives for Innovation, 1750-1850”: Debates have long centered around the relative merits of prizes and other incentives for technological innovation. Show More Summary

Lord Snowdon, ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86

Lord Snowdon, the society photographer and filmmaker who married Britain's Princess Margaret and continued to mix in royal circles even after their divorce, has died. He was 86. Buckingham Palace also said that Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret's sister, had been told of his death. Snowdon died peacefully...

Fossils from ancient extinct giant flightless goose suggests it was a fighter

(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from Italy, Norway and Austria has found evidence of an ancient extinct goose relative that once lived in what is now central Italy. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team describes the fossils they found, what they suggest the bird once looked like and possibly how it behaved.

Study: Some bats showing resistance to deadly fungus

The little brown bat, a species that has been decimated by a deadly fungus, could be taking the first tentative steps to recovery, scientists say in a recent study published by Great Britain's Royal Society.

Do dogs of all ages respond equally to dog-directed speech?

(The City University of New York) People tend to talk to dogs as though they are human babies. A new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that people speak more slowly and with a higher tone to dogs of all ages -- both adults and puppies -- and that puppies respond most readily to this dog-directed speech.

Study shows dog-directed speech more effective on puppies than adult dogs

(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers from the U.S., the U.K. and France has found that puppies are more receptive to dog-directed speech than are adult dogs. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal SocietyShow More Summary

Pan Africa Chemistry Network - Supporting African Science

Building a base for indigenous chemistry research: The Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN) was set up by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2008 to support the establishment of a sustainable and innovative science base across Africa. For more information, visit https://www.rsc.org/pacn

An Inside Look at an Editor’s Responsibilities While Working on an Animated Movie

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Dallas, Texas filmmaker, writer, and editor Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society has created a new video essay where he gives us an inside look at the main responsibilities of an editor while working on an animated movie. via Vimeo Staff Picks Related Laughing Squid PostsAn Animated Inside Look at How a Key […]

The Duchess of Cambridge Receives Lifetime Honorary Membership from Royal Photographic Society

Kate Middleton has received a lifetime honorary membership of the Royal Photographic Society. This information made many photographers angry. As soon as it was published, the news became a subject of mockery and criticism on social networks. Show More Summary

Doctors urge Theresa May to publish anti-smoking strategy

In a letter to the PM, medical professionals say plan is essential to cut smoking rates, which are highest among poorest in society More than 1,000 doctors, including heads of royal colleges and public health institutions, are calling on the prime minister to publish the latest tobacco control plan without delay. Show More Summary

Royal Aeronautical Society's predictions made in 1966 about air travel in 2016

Royal Aeronautical Society figures, including the designer of the Spitfire wing, were asked for their air travel predictions as the organisation celebrated its centenary in 1966.

Kate Middleton is now a member of the Royal Photographic Society

Kate Middleton -- she's a Duchess, mother of two, philanthropist and now a royal photographer. The Royal Photographic Society named her an honorary member. It's a charity that supports photographers and their work. The society was founded more than a century ago in 1853. Show More Summary

The Works on Paper Fair to return to the Royal Geographical Society 9-12 February

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

The Works on Paper Fair will return to the Royal Geographical Society, on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, for its second year at this venue. It is a long established Fair, which is perceived as ?always innovative?. The fair will run from Thursday 9 ? Sunday 12 February 2017. Show More Summary

RSS Christmas Quiz, question 10

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

I'm revisiting the 2016 Christmas Quiz for the Royal Statistical Society, seeking help to the answers for the above question. I think I have 9 of them, but I give up on the others and would like your input. (The official answers will...Show More Summary

A smarter, safer way to reduce corrosion

A smarter, safer way to reduce corrosion: Swansea University steel experts win Royal Society award for research breakthrough

New flying robots inspired by creatures of the skies

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Biomimickry continues to improve and refine specialized drones and flying robots. Mindy Weisberger at LiveScience dives into an issue of The Royal Society's journal Interface Focus on coevolving advances in animal flight and aerial robotics. (more…)

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Elections 2017

The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) is holding its elections for membership in February 2017. Membership is NOT limited to those living and/or working in the UK. The Society seeks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

A Dwarf Galaxy 10,000 Times Smaller Than Milky Way --"May Be a Portal to a New Physics"

Statistical analysis of mini-spiral galaxies shows an unexpected interaction between dark matter and ordinary matter. According to a study recently published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, where the relationship is obvious and cannot be explained in a...        

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