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Why do we have blood types?

When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types – a…
PUBLISHED: July 15, 2014
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3757 words)

Nitrogen: The bringer of life and death

Nitrogen is one of the most paradoxical elements in the periodic table. Flames are extinguished and animals die in an atmosphere of pure nitrogen - so it was once known as "azote", Greek for…
PUBLISHED: June 7, 2014
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1839 words)

Coincidental killers

The classic novel by H G Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898) – a tale of England besieged by Martian conquerors – ends not with a rousing and heroic victory but an accidental one. The…
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2519 words)

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

Jump straight to the list Some questions you ask because you want the right answer. Others are valuable because no answer is right; the payoff comes from the range of attempts. Seven years ago, The…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 23, 2013
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5605 words)

The multiple lives of Alan Turing

February is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month, and this year the focus is on mathematics, science and engineering. Here, David Rooney, curator of the Science Museum’s…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 5, 2013
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1007 words)

Choose Your Survival Kit for the Zombie Apocalypse

July 29, 2013 | Jacob Roberts Zombies evolve over time, but natural selection has nothing to do with it. In the original Haitian version of zombification, someone is knocked out with drugs,…
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1897 words)

Yorkshire Scientists and Innovators

A resource for the history of science in Yorkshire One of the aims of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society is to promote the public understanding of science; in particular, science in Yorkshire. …
LENGTH: 1 minutes (399 words)

The Clock of the Long Now

The Science Museum’s curator of time, David Rooney, reflects on the ‘Clock of the Long Now’, a prototype of which is on show in the museum’s Making the Modern World…
PUBLISHED: July 31, 2013
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1039 words)

Standard Model Stands Firm

Dr. Harry Cliff, a Physicist working on the LHCb experiment and the first Science Museum Fellow of Modern Science, writes about a recent discovery at CERN. A…
PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1033 words)