February

Our blog brings you voices across the organisation to reveal a new side to the Ri - from hidden gems in the archive to the latest schools event.

Of worms and (wo)men

Posted by
Alison Woollard
Date posted
28.02.2014
Alison Woollard presenting at the 2013 Life Fantastic CHRISTMAS LECTURES

Alison Woollard reflects on the whirlwind experience of presenting the ‘Life Fantastic’ 2013 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

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Symmetry, immunity and attraction

Posted by
Deborah Waller
Date posted
27.02.2014

What links our likelihood to reject a tissue transplant and how attractive we find somebody's face? Can we sniff out a potential partner? Deborah Waller takes a look at the fascinating world of the compatibility gene.

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I’m a scientist, get me in there

Posted by
John Robert Davis
Date posted
17.02.2014
smiling boy at a laptop

John Robert Davis, a developmental biologist from Kings College, reflects on his experience answering Life Fantastic questions with I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here! and asks if we need to do more to teach students about evolution.

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Drugs, drink and David Nutt

Posted by
Prof Sharon Ruston
Date posted
15.02.2014
Page of Humphry Davy's notebook written under the influence of nitrous oxide

Prof Sharon Ruston from Lancaster University explores how our moral and scientific perspectives on drugs have changed through the centuries and highlights some pioneering experiments by one of the Ri's most eminent scientists.

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A Valentine's Day poem to remember

Posted by
Wahida Amin
Date posted
14.02.2014
Hand written valentine poem to Humphry Davy

Why did one of the Ri's most renowned scientists, Humphry Davy, keep a series of poems from his admirers?

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The unheard history of the Friday Evening Discourses

Posted by
Jane Harrison
Date posted
13.02.2014
S. L. Bragg, Chief Scientist at Rolls-Royce Ltd., gives his Discourse 'Oscillations and Noise in Jet Engines' in 1963.

Jane Harrison delves into our archive of audio recordings and explains how you can help preserve this unique legacy of our famous Friday Evening Discourses.

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Spotlight on Sarah Faraday

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
13.02.2014
Sarah Faraday

Professor Frank James explores the life of Sarah Faraday, the wife of eminent Ri scientist Michael Faraday.

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Wallace and the World of Life

Posted by
Kate Whittington
Date posted
11.02.2014
Illustration of Wallace's Fruit-Dove by Joseph Wolf

In 1909 Alfred Russel Wallace, the lesser-known co-founder of the theory of evolution by natural selection, gave his final public lecture - a Friday Evening Discourse at the Ri.

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