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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.

Science: a creative discipline?

Posted by
David Porter
Date posted
30.09.2014
Students at the L'Oreal Young Scientists Centre

David Porter from the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre asks what ‘science’ means to young people, and how we can inspire a true spirit of discovery.

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Spotlight on Ada Lovelace

Posted by
Frank James
Date posted
25.09.2014
Portrait of Ada Lovelace, public domain

Ada Lovelace has been called the 'world's first computer programmer', and is an icon for women in science. Professor Frank James delves into her life and links with the Ri ahead of Ada Lovelace Day on 14 October 2014.

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Unsung heroes of the Great War

Posted by
Dr Emily Mayhew
Date posted
19.09.2014

Ahead of our event about the Great War, 'From cowardice to shellshock', Emily Mayhew highlights the vital but often overlooked role of stretcher bearers.

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Ri radio enthusiasts in World War I

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
12.09.2014
Admiralty Ripley building In Whitehall,

Laurence Scales highlights the contribution of Ri radio enthusiasts to signals intelligence in the opening weeks of World War I.

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John Tyndall: written back into the history of magnetism

Posted by
Roland Jackson
Date posted
26.08.2014
John Tyndall

John Tyndall's crucial work on magnetism has been all but written out of the history books. Roland Jackson puts the record straight.

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Interview with Prof Danielle George

Posted by
Hayley Burwell
Date posted
19.08.2014

We chat with Prof Danielle George about her 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home'.

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The battle of camouflage

Posted by
Laurence Scales
Date posted
15.08.2014
Tank with solomon camouflage

Laurence Scales investigates Solomon J Solomon, the artist in awe of the feats of mass strategic camouflage he suspected the Germans achieved in WWI.

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Sensitive flames and invisible worlds

Posted by
Philip Ball
Date posted
11.08.2014
Blog listing image_diagram of sensitive flame

'Psychical' science or physical phenomena? Philip Ball investigates William Barrett's sensitive flames that lit a fire of controversy in the 1800s.

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'The Modern Alchemist' in Manchester

Posted by
Marshalee Pollack, Xaverian College Manchester
Date posted
01.08.2014

As the 'Modern Alchemist' tours the UK, one student from Manchester shares her experience of the explosive spectacle.

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Films that help parents bring science home to their children

Posted by
Alom Shaha
Date posted
30.07.2014

Many home science demonstrations fail to convey crucial aspects of the subject. The Ri's ExpeRimental films aim to change that.

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