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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.

Spotlight on Louise Johnson

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
16.06.2014
lysozyme model

Professor Frank James explores the life of Louise Johnson, the molecular biologist and pioneer of structural enzymology.

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Unravelling 200 years of the social network

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
09.06.2014
Arnold_Henry_Savage_Landor_with his cats

Laurence Scales discovers a Victorian social network bursting with eccentric characters in the archives of Ri membership forms – when he can read the handwriting, that is.

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Not just a random number...

Posted by
Martin Davies
Date posted
04.06.2014

How I came up with our silly 'What number are you?' quiz.

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How Not to Be Wrong

Posted by
Jordan Ellenberg
Date posted
03.06.2014
WWII Plane

Ahead of his #RiChat, Jordan Ellenberg tells us why maths is a powerful tool in everyday life

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The Quest for Dark Matter

Posted by
Gianfranco Bertone
Date posted
23.05.2014
NASA space image

Ri speaker Gianfranco Bertone delves into the secrets of the 'cosmic scaffolding' - dark matter

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Join the conversation from your sofa

Posted by
Deborah Waller
Date posted
20.05.2014
Twitter symbol and words made out in sand

Not in London? Don't worry - here's your chance to hear from experts around the world

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How could explosives help us rebuild the world?

Posted by
Lewis Dartnell
Date posted
29.04.2014

Ahead of his Ri talk on 8 May, Lewis Dartnell explains how explosives and the explosions they cause would be crucial in coping with a post-apocalyptic world.

WARNING: Don’t try these ideas at home!

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Spotlight on Gwendy Caroe

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
24.04.2014

Professor Frank James explores the life of Gwendy Caroe, the only daughter of W H Bragg, and highlights her lifelong dedication to the Royal Institution.

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Inside the BBC's Laws of Disorder

Posted by
Rupert Cole
Date posted
16.04.2014
The original frontpiece for the BBC TV series 'Laws of Disorder'

A hot topic? Rupert Cole writes about George Porter’s 1965 BBC series the Laws of Disorder, when thermodynamics was strangely in vogue.

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Meet Roma the Engineer

Posted by
Deborah Waller Roma Agrawal
Date posted
14.04.2014
A view of The Shard from the river Thames

Deborah Waller chats with WSP structural engineer Roma Agrawal about her love of materials, what is was like to help design The Shard and her Family Fun Day talk.

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