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Royal Caribbean Backs Off Loyalty Program Changes

I reported here a few days ago that Royal Caribbean was removing the popular balcony discount for its Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members for cruises booked within 6 months. A predictable outcry ensued from Royal Caribbean’s most loyal cruisers. Show More Summary

Syracuse University researchers confirm marine animals live longer at high latitudes

Researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences have shown that high-latitude bivalves live longer and grow slower than those in the tropics. Their findings are the subject of an article in the "Proceedings of the Royal Society B" (The Royal Society, 2016). David Moss, a Ph.D. Show More Summary

Researchers claim new evidence unmasks the culprit in the infamous ‘Piltdown Man’ hoax

A new paper published by the Royal Society takes a stand on just who was responsible for one of the greatest hoaxes in the history of science.

Piltdown Man Hoax Was the Work of a Single Forger, Study Says

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Piltdown Man is one of the most famous scientific hoaxes in history. A new paper in Royal Society Open Science provides compelling evidence that there was just one forger, rather than many. Also, the bones used to create the fakes came from a single orang-utan specimen and at least two human skulls. Read more...

Abused children and shattered care - signs of South Australia crumbling

South Australia’s royal commission in child protection reveals a society in decay, betraying its own children: …

YALE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Yale goes full Orwell, establishes “Committee to Establ…

YALE HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT WAR WITH EASTASIA: Yale goes full Orwell, establishes “Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming.” It’s a bit like Monty Python’s Royal Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things, only far more insidious.

Thanks, Everyone!

Many, many thanks to Scav, Betty, and everyone here for the good wishes on The Hunt for Vulcan making the Royal Society’s book prize finals. I feel like I have to thank the book itself as well.  I love all my book-children equally (if not always for the same things), but HoV was definitely the kindest one I’ve […]

Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016 Shortlist Announced

The Royal Society has announced the shortlist for The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016, the only major international prize that celebrates science writing for a non-specialist audience

Congrats to Tom! (Open Thread)

Our own Tom Levenson’s “The Hunt for Vulcan” has been short-listed for the Royal Society prize for science books. As Joe Biden might say, that’s a big fucking deal! Tom, to say you class up this joint is an understatement on the order of calling Donald Trump “mildly disagreeable.” Congratulations, man! H/T: Valued commenter Scav.

Royal Society Science Book Prize shortlist

They've announced the shortlist for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize (yeah, not sure that's an improvement over last year's 'The Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books', but I guess you take your money where you can get it -- who needs a sensible prize name ?).

Unfortunate dinosaur in New Jersey suffered from horrific case of arthritis

3 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

Dinosaurs had joint pain too. In a study published Tuesday in Royal Society Open Science, researchers describe the first known dinosaur to suffer from a crippling form of arthritis known as septic arthritis that also occurs in humans, birds and crocodiles.  The afflicted dinosaur was discovered...

First Case of Septic Arthritis Diagnosed in a Dinosaur

Hadrosaur Had Septic Arthritis Scientists writing in the Royal Society Open Science journal have identified the first diagnosed case of septic arthritis in a dinosaur.  The unfortunate animal was a type of duck-billed dinosaur that roamed New Jersey (USA), some seventy million years ago.  Identifying disease and injuries preserved in the fossil record (pathologies) permits […]

Research targets number one killer of under-5s

Oxford researchers are developing a tool to make it much easier and cheaper to diagnose pneumonia -- the number one killer of children under 5. Their latest research is published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Currently,Show More Summary

Neonicotinoid insecticides kill honeybee sperm

A new scientific study adds to the growing amount of evidence that shows pesticides are harming bees. The study published this month in Proceedings of the Royal Society B is the first to look at how neonicotinoid insecticides impactShow More Summary

Theresa May reassures UK scientists in wake of Brexit fears

In a letter addressed to the Royal Society and its former president Paul Nurse, the prime minister says that the government’s 'ongoing commitment to science and research remains steadfast'.

Women Conductors to the fore

Alice Farnham, artistic director of Women Conductors© Catherine Ashmore The Royal Philharmonic Society has joined forces with Women Conductors (artistic director Alice Farnham), a programme of conducting workshops designed to encourage women to be conductors of classical music. Show More Summary

UK Royal Society's #1 cybersecurity recommendation: don't backdoor crypto

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Royal Society, once presided over by Isaac Newton, is one of Britain's most respected learned institutions: that's why it matters so much that the organisation's new report, "Progress and research in cybersecurity," begins by demanding...Show More Summary

How Long Can You Make Eye Contact Before Shit Gets Weird?

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

You can determine a lot by looking into a person’s eyes. For years, scientists have studied how eye contact builds trust and if it reveals whether someone is lying. Now, a new study published in the Royal Society Open Science today examines exactly how long we prefer to look someone in the eyes. Read more...

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