The UK’s scientific body, The Royal Society, has been celebrating 350 years of existence. They’re concluding that celebratory anniversary with this web page that links to articles examining how science might answer some of the big questions facing us. Good reading.
London’s Poems on the Underground has had poems sitting alongside ads on the Tube for many years. I always enjoyed reading one of these little verses, a bright spot in an often crowded box of sullen human cargo.
Now, in recognition of the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary, they’ve has selected six poems offering reflections on the subject of science. Read about it, and read the poems, on the Royal Society page here or Transport for London here.
Thanks to the Aussie for the tip.
If you’re in central London tonight, or during the day this week, you should find a few moments to stop by The Royal Society. The national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth is staging their Summer Science Exhibition. Not only are they putting on a week of exhibits from the cutting edge of science but also featuring involved scientists themselves for you to ask questions of.
What a cool opportunity. This is a direct public-engagement event. You can look at items and exhibits and models lots of places, but how often do you get a chance to ask questions of a real, live scientist? There’s a list of exhibitshere, along with writeups that indicate which ones might be good for kids.
From their site:
We’ve got over 20 fascinating, diverse and interactive exhibits. Fields of study range from how fluorescent fish could provide better understanding of human diseases, to a chewing robot that can help us develop dental technology, to how new space missions could help to unlock the history of the universe.
There’s also a good writeup at Nature Network’s London blog about the exhibition.
You can find info on how to get there and what their hours are here.