The first flight around the world

THE FIRST FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD

On 6 April 1924 , a crew of eight from the United States Army Air Service took to the skies in a daring attempt to become the first...

Remarkable kidneys

REMARKABLE KIDNEYS

Our kidneys are remarkable. They quietly work away in our bodies, filtering waste products into urine, maintaining our blood pressure...

 
 
 
Exciting tales and top secret work of pigeons in the First World War

EXCITING TALES AND TOP SECRET WORK OF PIGEONS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

One of the historic episodes explored in Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security is the life and death importance of secure communications...

Breaking Enigma: A story of European co-operation

BREAKING ENIGMA: A STORY OF EUROPEAN CO-OPERATION

This exceptionally complete example of the Enigma M1070 machine was used to secure German naval communications in the Second World...

 
 
 
Women in space

WOMEN IN SPACE

As a jubilant Christina Koch stepped out of her scorched soyuz capsule in the snowy grasslands of Kazakhstan last Thursday after 328...

The Seagull has landed

THE SEAGULL HAS LANDED

Professor Derek O'Keeffe , from the National University of Ireland, Galway, started the Diabetes Drone project in 2017 after he noticed...

 
 
 
Our 200-year relationship with Antarctica

OUR 200-YEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH ANTARCTICA

The Ancient Greeks had thought there was a ‘Great Southern Continent', but this had been no more than a theory. Captain Cook was searching...

Celebrating Madame Lavoisier

CELEBRATING MADAME LAVOISIER

Marie-Anne Paulze was born on 20 January 1758 in Montbrison, a town in France's Loire region that is well known for its eponymous blue...

 
 
 
A wooden Iron Lung

A WOODEN IRON LUNG

Daphne burst into tears when she saw the weird-looking box. ‘Come on, Daphne, it won't hurt you,' Dr G Emrys Harries, the medical superintendent...

A Brush with Gold: Art Competitions at the Olympics

A BRUSH WITH GOLD: ART COMPETITIONS AT THE OLYMPICS

With an early proposed event consisting of a 14km race and a written essay, it's not surprising it took years - 16 in total - for Baron...

 
 
 

CATS AND THE HEAVISIDE LAYER

In December 2019, Tom Hopper's film adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical Cats was released to near universal critical panning....

That's a Wrap

THAT'S A WRAP

At the Blythe House object store in west London, over 50 people are working hard to study, record, digitise, pack and transport 300,000...

 
 
 
Back to the future of Christmas

BACK TO THE FUTURE OF CHRISTMAS

Travelling back to the future can be somewhat unsettling. In 1998 I wrote Can Reindeer Fly? , a mildly bonkers book about the science...

Thalassemia: cultural and historical perspectives

THALASSEMIA: CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

Affecting approximately 1,000 people in the UK, Thalassemia is the name for a group of inherited blood conditions that affect the production...

 
 
 
Batteries included

BATTERIES INCLUDED

The Japanese chemist, Akira Yoshino, has delivered his Nobel lecture in Stockholm with a predication that lithium-ion batteries ‘will...

Alloy, Alloy, Alloy

ALLOY, ALLOY, ALLOY

Alloys, a combination of at least one metal and another element , were developed as we learnt to extract metals from their ores and...

 
 
 
London landmarks of science: a historical highlights tour

LONDON LANDMARKS OF SCIENCE: A HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

The Royal Society was founded on this day in the year 1660, and as London's first society dedicated to scientific enquiry, it is still...

The Mathematics of Everyday Life, with Sir Tim Gowers

THE MATHEMATICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE, WITH SIR TIM GOWERS

We'll never run out of interesting mathematical questions, according to one of the world's leading mathematicians who applies insights...

 
 
 
James Lovelock's Greatest Epiphany: Quest for Life on Mars

JAMES LOVELOCK'S GREATEST EPIPHANY: QUEST FOR LIFE ON MARS

Over the past century, inventor-cum-independent scientist James Lovelock has proved a hugely influential figure, from devising extraordinarily...

Honouring Dame Louisa Aldrich-Blake's commemorative plaque

HONOURING DAME LOUISA ALDRICH-BLAKE'S COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE

At the Blythe House object store in west London, over 50 colleagues are working hard to study, record, digitise, pack and transport...

 
 
 



England and Leeds legend Norman Hunter tests positive for coronavirus and in...

England and Leeds legend Norman Hunter tests positive for coronavirus and in hospital for treatment aged 76

LEEDS legend Norman Hunter has tested positive for Covid-19. The Championship club confirmed the former England international, 76, has been admitted to hospital in a statement... Read more ...

MP Tracy Brabin's mobile number given out on-air in This Morning blunder

MP Tracy Brabin's mobile number given out on-air in This Morning blunder

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Piers Morgan ‘rooting' for Kate Garraway's husband Derek amid coronavirus...

Piers Morgan ‘rooting' for Kate Garraway's husband Derek amid coronavirus battle as she shares heartbreaking update

Piers has shared a message for Derek and Kate Piers Morgan is ‘rooting' for Kate Garraway 's husband Derek Draper after she shared a heartbreaking update on his coronavirus... Read more ...

Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers and girlfriend Talia Oatway welcome baby boy

Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers and girlfriend Talia Oatway welcome baby boy

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Floyd Mayweather vows to become boxing coach after tragic death of uncle Roger

Floyd Mayweather vows to become boxing coach after tragic death of uncle Roger

Floyd Mayweather lost his uncle and trainer Roger last month. Read more ...

Man Utd boss Solskjaer preparing brutal summer sale with five stars set to leave

Man Utd boss Solskjaer preparing brutal summer sale with five stars set to leave

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants five players off the books. Read more ...

Man Utd news LIVE: Ed Woodward has five-player transfer plan to complete...

Man Utd news LIVE: Ed Woodward has five-player transfer plan to complete Jadon Sancho deal

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Boots opening times for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2020

Boots opening times for Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 2020

A Boots store in Shrewsbury displays a sign telling shoppers not to enter if they think they have corornavirus symptoms The long Easter bank holiday weekend is here, but with... Read more ...

Odion Ighalo reveals his plan if Manchester United offer him permanent...

Odion Ighalo reveals his plan if Manchester United offer him permanent transfer deal

Manchester United loan signing Odion Ighalo says ‘anything could happen' in the summer Odion Ighalo says he will sit down and discuss his options with his agent if Manchester... Read more ...

Philippe Coutinho 'would love' Premier League return, admits his agent

Philippe Coutinho 'would love' Premier League return, admits his agent

Philippe Coutinho's agent has revealed that the midfielder would relish returning to the Premier League at some stage. Read more ...