The Royal Society

The Royal Society


The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. http://t.co/RVhEldfBvO

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#OnThisDay in 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 probe on its journey to study the outer solar system. After 42 years of operation, the probe is still transmitting data, and at over 13.9 billion miles from Earth, is the most distant man-made object from work. #SpaceExploration 

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We are happy to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Royal Society Young People's Book Prize! From the microbes in your gut, through the poetic language of code to the wonders of space and beyond, find out more about this year's selections. #YoungSciBooks 

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Born #OnThisDay  in 1632 was Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS, pioneering microbiologist and microscopist. His interest in lens making led to his discovery of microbial life, and he was one of the first to experiment with microbes, or 'animalcules' as he called them. #HistoryOfScience 

Join us on Thursday as @harrietbulkeley , @mtadie , Pete Smith and Jim Skea explore the 'new normal' after #COVID19  and the opportunity for a green recovery after the pandemic. Find out more. #YouAndThePlanet 

Join us online on November 12 for the 2020 Michael Faraday Prize Lecture with Professor David Spiegelhalter@d_spiegel , in discussion with @TimHarford  about communicating statistics in the time of #COVID19 , and how to understand risk. Find out more:

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Born #OnThisDay  in 1642 was one of the greatest and most infuential scientific minds in history, Sir Isaac Newton PRS.

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Join economist Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta & Nobel-prize winning biologist Sir Venki Ramakrishnan tomorrow at 2pm on our YouTube channel as they discuss the #DasguptaReview  on the economics of biodiversity. You can submit your questions in advance here:

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Yuri Gagarin, the Russian cosmonaut and the first person to journey to space, was born #onthisday  in 1934. He piloted the Vostok 1 mission in 1961 and spent one hour and 48 minutes in space.

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New research in @RSocPublishing  #BiologyLetters  reveals that 19th century sperm whales made cultural changes to their behaviour to avoid the harpoons of whalers. The study has implications for the way modern whales cope with changes caused by humans.

Born #OnThisDay  in 1921 was Mary Jackson, @NASA 's first black female engineer. She developed expertise working with wind tunnels and analysing data on aircraft flight experiments, and eventually became an equal opportunity specialist to help women & minorities. #WomenInSTEM 

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Born #OnThisDay  in 1912 was Alan Turing FRS. Celebrated as "Father of computer science, mathematician, logician, wartime codebreaker, victim of prejudice", he made foundational contributions to artificial intelligence & theoretical biology during his short career.

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It's everybody's favourite day, #PenguinAwarenessDay ! So it's important to know your penguins. Spot them too (Pic - )

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- UK’s annual share of EU research funding has fallen by half a billion Euros since 2015 - Almost a 40% drop in UK applications to Horizon 2020 - 35% fewer scientists coming to the UK through key schemes Read the full analysis:

Today, we are celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering & maths #AdaLovelaceDay 

It's everybody's favourite day, #PenguinAwarenessDay ! So it's important to know your penguins. Spot them too

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, it will impact on scientific research immediately and could take years to rebuild. Our factsheet explains why leaving the EU with #nodeal  is a bad deal for science #brexit 

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"Don't be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don't let others discourage you or tell you that you can't do it." Gertrude B Elion ForMemRS, inventor of immunosuppressant drugs, born #OnThisDay  in 1918 #WomenInSTEM 

In honour of the legendary Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author, Douglas Adams. Do not forget your towel today! #TowelDay 

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