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Patrick matthew
2015-04-21 08:01:40

In 1858 Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace presented their paper “On the Origin of Species” to the Linnean Society. The two men had set out the theory of evolution and secured their place in the history books. But 27 years earlier a Scottish landowner and horticulturist, Patrick Matthew, came up with the very same idea of "evolution by natural selection".

HMS Erebus Terror
2015-03-16 12:27:27

It’s one of the most intriguing of all shipwreck stories. Almost 170 years ago, HMS Erebus, the flagship of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated expedition to discover the North-West Passage, was lost with all those aboard. So began a grizzly tale of hunger, slow death, lead poisoning, and cannibalism. The secrets of the doomed ship may soon be recovered as divers prepare to make a thorough examination of the recently discovered wreck which is currently resting on a ridge beneath thick Arctic ice.

Owen_portrait
2015-03-01 13:05:52

Without this forgotten scientist, we wouldn't have the Jurassic Park movies. Where would humanity be?

benjamin franklin
2015-02-10 11:05:45

Contrary to common belief, the anti-vaxxer debate is nothing new. Except, the last time it happened was in the 18th century, when no one knew bacteria even existed.

body-snatchers
2015-02-03 09:41:00

Prior to the 18th century, human anatomy and physiology was still largely unknown. But with the Enlightenment came a new desire for understanding, and the rise of a dark industry: Body-snatching.

178477162
2015-01-26 11:12:27

A new exhibition in London focuses on Winston Churchill's wartime scientific discoveries that aided in WWII.

2014-12-18 12:24:11

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, along with Ms.

2014-10-30 12:23:49

AMSTERDAM, October 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas from the University of Cambridge, UK is awarded the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize for his

Stephen Hawking
2014-09-09 05:04:58

The Higgs boson has been hailed as one of the greatest physics discovery of all time, but preeminent scientist Stephen Hawking has a different take on the so-called God particle – he believes that it could destroy the universe.


Latest Fellows of the Royal Society Reference Libraries

Admiral Sir George Back
2014-01-07 10:58:04

Admiral Sir George Back FRS, born November 6th of 1796 and died on June 23rd of 1878, was a British naval officer, naturalist, artist, and explorer of the Canadian Arctic. He was born in Stockport. When he was a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in the year 1808 and participated in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year he was involved in the fighting in the Bay of Biscay up until he was captured by the French. He remained a...

William Buckland
2013-10-14 14:04:00

William Buckland (March 12, 1784 – August 14, 1856) was an English theologian, ordained Anglican minister, geologist, and the prominent paleontologist of his day. He pioneered the use of fossilized feces, which he named “coprolites,” in the study and reconstruction of ancient ecosystems. Buckland is perhaps best known for naming and describing the very first recognized dinosaur fossil, the Megalosaurus, before the term “dinosaur” ever existed. Buckland was born at Axminster in...

Zoological Journal
2012-04-24 18:24:00

The Zoological Journal was a scientific journal published in the early nineteenth century on a quarterly basis. It was devoted entirely to zoology (animal kingdom). It was published in London by W. Philips. It featured “Original Communications, Translations of new and interesting Papers from Foreign sources and notices of new and remarkable facts in any way connected with Zoology," according to Gentlemen’s Magazine, 1823. The journal’s editors were Thomas Bell, John George Children,...

Iguanodon
2012-01-11 16:16:53

Iguanodon, meaning “Iguana tooth,” is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur known from the Kimmeridgian age of the Late Jurassic Period to the Cenomanian age of the Late Cretaceous Period. It lived in Asia, Europe and North America. Research in the early 2000s suggests however that only one species, I. bernissartensis, is well-substantiated, and lived during the Early Cretaceous Period in Europe. It was first discovered in 1822 and described three years later by English geologist Gideon...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Antonio de Ulloa was born on January 12, 1716 in Seville. Ulloa enlisted with the Spanish Navy in 1733. In 1735, he was sent to Ecuador as a member of the French Geodesic Mission. The mission, led by Pierre Bouguer, was organized by the French Academy of Sciences to measure a degree of the meridian at the equator. He stayed in Ecuador for 9 years until 1744, during this stint; he discovered platinum with his partner, Jorge Juan. In 1745, he returned to Spain. However, while enroute to...

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dipsas
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.