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The reasons you have eyelashes

14 hours agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

I had always assumed that eyelashes evolved simply to keep particulate matter out of the eyes. Now a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reports that particulates are only half the story; eyelashes also divert...Show More Summary

Scientists shocked by far-out star clusters on fringes of Milky Way

High above the spiral Milky Way, astronomers have spotted two clusters of new stars growing at the fringes of our galaxy. The discovery, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, appears to be the first such stellar cradles found outside the galactic disk.

Time’s running out for your chance to win £500!

Guest post by Isobel Hogg, Royal Society of Chemistry Can you explain the importance of chemistry to human health in just 1 minute? If you’re an early-career researcher who is up to the challenge, making a 1 minute video could win you £500. We are looking for imaginative ways to showcase how chemistry helps us address [...]

Al Jazeera 'three' awarded British television prize

UK's Royal Television Society award recognises formerly jailed journalists' contribution to television journalism.

Why a UK shale gas industry is incompatible with the 2°C framing of dangerous climate change

Kevin Anderson, professor of energy and climate change at the Tyndall Centre, discusses why fracking in the UK is incompatible with limiting warming to 2°C. This piece is a response to Professor Robert Mair’s Royal Society science policy...Show More Summary

2015 Annual Jacqueline du Pré Charity Concert

The Jacqueline du Pré charity concert supports Britain’s oldest musical charity, The Royal Society of Musicians, which has been providing assistance to musicians in need since 1738. This year's concert, the 20th annual concert, is being performed in what would have been Jacqueline du Pré's 70th birthday year. Show More Summary

Artificially intelligent robot scientist 'Eve' could boost search for new drugs

Eve, an artificially intelligent 'robot scientist' could make drug discovery faster and much cheaper, say researchers writing in the Royal Society journal Interface. The team has demonstrated the success of the approach as Eve discovered that a compound shown to have anti-cancer properties might also be used in the fight against malaria.

Royal Photographic Society announces medals touring exhibition for International Members' Biennial competition

The results of the Royal Photographic Society's International Member's competition have been announced after judges selected 100 images for a touring exhibition from almost 3300 entries. The competition, which is held every other year,...Show More Summary

Underpowered And Overinterpreted

Time for another "watch those statistics" post. I did one about this time last year, and I could do one every couple of months, to be honest. Here's a good open-access paper from the Royal Society on the problem of p-values, and why there are so many lousy studies out there in the literature. Show More Summary

More virtues of waiting?

Oldest known gospel retrieved from mummy mask, researchers claim While the rich and royal members of ancient Egyptian society were buried in mummy masks of flaked gold and other precious metals, common people were forced to construct theirs with recycled pieces of paper. Recently, archaeologists found what they believe to be the world’s oldest piece of [...]

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2015 - Deadline for entries extended to 20 January

This post is for ALL watercolour painters - wherever you live - who are interested in submitting their watercolour paintings to the Annual Open Competition of the Royal Watercolour Society. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Taking Pictures #3: Photography from The Royal Photographic Society, Erwin Olaf, Nick Hedges and more

The third installment in our regular pick of photography includes work from Mark Lovejoy, Josh Redman, The Royal Photographic Society, Philip E James, Erwin Olaf and Nick Hedges...

Scientists have a new theory to explain why zebras have stripes

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Scientists still aren’t sure why zebras evolved their signature stripes, but a new study provides an interesting new detail: Zebras from warmer environs have more stripes. Published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the new study said than the reason zebras from warmers areas have...

Ritual circumcision linked to increased risk of autism in young boys

Research published today by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that circumcised boys are more likely than intact boys to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) before the age of 10. Risk is particularly high for infantile autism before the age of five. Show More Summary

Seymour on the Woolwich Weapons Tests in D.C., 16 Jan.

On Friday, 16 January, Anderson House, the Society of the Cincinnati’s museum and library in Washington, D.C., will host a program of its American Revolution Institute on the Woolwich ballistic test charts.The Royal Arsenal at Woolwich was the British military’s artillery training ground and laboratory east of London. Show More Summary

Climate change threat to mussels’ shells

The world’s mussel population could be under threat as climate change causes oceans to become increasingly acidic, scientists have discovered. In a new paper published today (Wednesday 24 December) in the Royal Society’s journal Interface, researchers from the University of Glasgow describe how mussels’ shells become more brittle when they are formed in more acidic […]

Where the language diversity is

In the articles-noted-but-not-yet-studied pile: an article on language diversity in a journal that (as reader Ted McClure points out to me) linguists might easily miss: in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282 (1800) 20133029, earlier this year, Jacob Bock Axelsen and Susanna Manrubia published a paper entitled "River density and landscape roughness […]

So you like to take quizzes?

2 months agoHumor : TYWKIWDBI

I'm waiting (impatiently) for the annual King Williams College General Knowledge Quiz, which presumably will be released just after Christmas. In the meantime I peeked at the Royal Statistical Society Christmas Quiz, which is equally near-impossible.Here is the first of the ten questions: 1. Show More Summary

Study reveals abundance of microplastics in the world's deep seas

The deep sea is becoming a collecting ground for plastic waste, according to research led by scientists from Plymouth University and Natural History Museum. The new study, published today in Royal Society Open Science, reveals around four billion microscopic plastic fibres could be littering each square kilometre of deep sea sediment around the world. read more

Royal Society Releases Booklet Designed to Fight 'Ill-Informed Pub Bore' Climate Sceptics

A major British scientific group has published a booklet designed to give people advice in how to tackle climate change sceptics, or "ill-informed pub bores or the family know it all" as they call them. The booklet, by the Royal Society,...Show More Summary

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