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Love science? Winton prize science shortlist is announced @RoyalSociety

The Royal Society has announced  the six book shortlist for the 2014 Winton Prize for Science books. The Science Prize winner will be announced at a public event at… 571 more words

Books

The end of Halley's second voyage

Halley arrived back in Deptford from his second voyage on 10 September 1700 and he’ll return to sea for his third voyage in June 1701 (June 2015 by the life of this blog), so I thought I’d close this phase of my project by looking at some of the things that Edmond will be doing in the intervening months. 889 more words

Edmond Halley

#OA = Open Access

This is the symbol for open access (image from PLoS, the Public Library of Science). Two days ago Nature Communications, a “journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences” within the larger and prestigious Nature Publishing Group, announced that it will only be accepting open access (OA) submissions starting next month. 800 more words

Factual

DNA fingerprinting pioneer honoured by Royal Society

The inventor of genetic fingerprinting has been awarded the world’s oldest science prize, the Royal Society’s Copley Medal.

In 1984, Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys stumbled on a method for distinguishing individuals based on their DNA. 346 more words

Ecology

Halley's Atlantic Chart, part 1: fish or fowl revisited

Over the next two posts we’ll look at the results of Halley’s voyage, which he published in the form of a sea chart. But before we consider his chart in full, I want to pick out one detail which may help to settle the identity of those mysterious creatures that Halley saw in the South Atlantic. 1,082 more words

Edmond Halley

Gatekeepers of Bad Science

I have to admit something very embarrassing and unusual happened yesterday. I was had. It was all the fault of this tweet from Norman Benson: 625 more words

Climate Change