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The world's largest map fair captures the classic and quirky in Kensington Gore on June 17 and 18

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

Now in its 38th year, the world?s largest antique map fair runs at the Royal Geographic Society in Kensington Gore on June 17 and 18, with prices from £10 to over £100,000. This event draws dealers and collectors from all over the world, attracted by the classic and the quirky. Show More Summary

Study identifies optimum human hand-throwing techniques

(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with Harvard and Yale Universities has conducted a study of optimal human throwing techniques and found which work best under which conditions. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open...Show More Summary

New survey hints at exotic origin for the Cold Spot

(Royal Astronomical Society) A supervoid is unlikely to explain a 'Cold Spot' in the cosmic microwave background, according to the results of a new survey, leaving room for exotic explanations like a collision between universes. TheShow More Summary

The Hidden History of Wakashu, Edo-Era Japan’s “Third Gender”

5 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

An eye-opening exhibition at Japan Society closely examines representations of wakashu in woodblock prints from the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum. The post The Hidden History of Wakashu, Edo-Era Japan’s “Third Gender” appeared first on Hyperallergic.

On mental health, the royal family is doing more than our government | William Davies

There is no greater indictment of British society than soaring rates of mental distress in children. No wonder politicians cling to a simplistic ‘illness’ model The public profile of mental health experienced another boost this week,...Show More Summary

Alien Water Worlds --"Most Habitable Planets May Have Oceans Spanning 90% of Their Surface"

When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has used a statistical model to predict that...      ...

Oceans galore: new study suggests most habitable planets may lack dry land

When it comes to exploring exoplanets, it may be wise to take a snorkel along. A new study, published in a paper in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, has used a statistical model to predict that most habitable planets may be dominated by oceans spanning over 90% of their surface area.

Shoelace knots fail catastrophically, thanks to 7 gees' worth of stress

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In a new paper published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, researchers from UC Berkeley reveal that shoelace knots do not gradualy come loose, as was previously supposed -- rather, they fail catastrophically and suddenly, thanks to strange and surprising stresses that they must endure. (more…)

Why Your Shoes Come Untied

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

The Proceedings of the Royal Society has published a research paper on the roles of impact and inertia in the failure of a shoelace knot. In other words, why your shoelaces come untied. The study is impressive, with pendulum swings and measurements of force and plenty of data. Show More Summary

Essay Competition - Royal Economic Society

The PTCC and PCTA support the enactment of House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, The Property Tax Independence Act

Watch: 'In Praise of 16mm' Video Essay Discusses the Grainy Format

Time for some film education and film appreciation in the form of a video essay from "The Royal Ocean Film Society". The video essay is titled "In Praise of 16mm" and it is exactly that - filmmaker/cinephile Andrew Saladino examines the use of 16mm film (as opposed to the standard 35mm or larger 65mm) for making movies. Show More Summary

The Taung Child and Infamous Piltdown Hoax

On the 18th of December 1912, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announced the discovery of the infamous Piltdown bones to the Royal Geological Society. Contrary to popular opinion and in keeping with the scientific process, the scientific community were very sceptical of the discovery. Show More Summary

The key driver of Britain's wildly inflated property market might not be what we think it is

LONDON — The argument that Britain's house prices have risen in the past three or four decades due to a supply-demand issue is wrong, a new academic research paper presented to the Royal Economic Society this week suggests. Conventional...Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: Breaking down the mysterious beauty of 16mm film

You often hear people waxing poetic about the difference between film and digital, so much so that it’s become something of a cliché. A short video essay about the glories of 16mm film by The Royal Ocean Film Society steers directlyShow More Summary

A strong shortlist - the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

The short-list for the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards was announced earlier this week, Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the award represent major recognition of achievement in classical music. The shortlist is amazingly...Show More Summary

V&A announces plans for new Photography Centre and expansion of its photography collection

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum announced the expansion of its vast collection of historic and contemporary photography with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group. The addition...Show More Summary

Paintings, sunspots and frost fairs: Rethinking the Little Ice Age

(Royal Astronomical Society) The whole concept of the 'Little Ice Age' is 'misleading,' as the changes were small-scale, seasonal and insignificant compared with present-day global warming, a group of solar and climate scientists argue. The new work, led by Prof Mike Lockwood of the University of Reading, appears in a paper in Astronomy & Geophysics.

Exhibition: ‘Remembering the ‘Burbs 1850-1960’

I know that I always write about exhibitions just as they’re closing the door and turning off the lights, but with this one, there’s still a month to go see it. It’s at the Royal Historical Society in a’Beckett Street … Continue reading ?

Someone Abandoned 2 Sick Foals In A Field And Left Them To Die

last monthNews : Huffington Post

Animal welfare workers in eastern England are investigating why two sick, underweight ponies were dumped in a wet, muddy field. The pair of fillies were “just hours from death” when an inspector from the Royal Society for the Prevention...Show More Summary

Bacterial strain diversity in the gut

What drives bacterial strain diversity in the gut? Although there are a number of possible explanations, a recent opinion piece published in TRENDs in Microbiology by Dr Pauline Scanlan, a Royal Society – Science Foundation Ireland Research...Show More Summary

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