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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.

A crash course in #SciComm: my experience as the Ri’s digital intern

Posted by
Naomi Heffer
Date posted
27.03.2020

PhD student, Naomi Heffer, reflects on her experiences working as the Ri’s digital intern.

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Kathleen Lonsdale in letters

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Date posted
05.03.2020
Kathleen Lonsdale at a desk in 1960. Credit Crown Copyright.

Discover more about the challenges Lonsdale faced in her work as a scientist during the war, highlighted with letters from our archives by the Ri's Document Manager Jane Harrison.

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Less DNA in my genome than my lunch?

Posted by
Ant Lewis
Date posted
20.02.2020
burger labelled with the amount of DNA in each ingredient

The human genome contains billions of letters of DNA, but some plants and animals have billions more. The surprising difference in genome length across different species is perfectly captured by the findings of 'the onion test'. In collaboration with the Genetics Society, we've produced an infographic to highlight the scale of junk DNA.

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Causes of accidental explosions in the 19th century

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
19.02.2020

How Ri lecturers sought to investigate and avoid explosive disasters in the 19th century by Ri Heritage volunteer Laurence Scales.

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Hot air in parliament: ventilation in the 19th century

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
06.02.2020

Laurence Scales, Heritage and Collections volunteer at the Ri, was inspired by a lecture given on heating and ventilation in May 2018 by Dr Shaun Fitzgerald to look into the history of this unexpectedly colourful subject, as told through Victorian lectures in the Ri archives.

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Ten years of YouTube

Posted by
Liina Hultgren
Date posted
24.12.2019

This December we celebrate 10 years of the Ri on YouTube. Our resident YouTube whisperer Liina Hultgren looks back on a decade of science video.

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Festive gift ideas for 2019, with a twist of science

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Date posted
19.12.2019

At the Ri we're committed to helping everyone think more deeply about science and its place in our lives, which during the festive season we’re going to do via the medium of gift ideas.

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Why researching endometriosis matters

Posted by
Magda Mareckova
Date posted
14.11.2019
fluorescent cross-section of the human endometrium

PhD student and Digital Intern, Magda Mareckova, writes about endometriosis and her research. Read her article shortlisted for the Max Perutz Science Writing Award.

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Dissecting the identity of women in science

Posted by
Emily Medcalf
Date posted
08.10.2019

Science communicator and Digital Intern, Emily Medcalf, shares insights from her project on the lives and work of women in STEM, in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day 2019.

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What is it like to work at CERN?

Posted by
Kathryn Coldham
Date posted
26.09.2019
woman in blue overalls and hard hat standing in front of the complicated machinery of a particle accelerator

Ri volunteer and PhD student Kathryn Coldham invites us in for a personal tour of what it's like to work at the site of the largest particle accelerator in the world

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