Hydra, by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, 1702

Hydra meets Handel

27 March 2014 by

They have been the many-headed creatures of myth and the arch-enemies of those doughty Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But real hydra,…

Alloy wire explosion, by Martin van Marum (detail)

Darkly bound

6 February 2014 by

In recent blogs I’ve shown a lookalike Georgia O’Keeffe and a Damien Hirst prequel. Let’s go for the full Modernist…

'Sea fairy' by T A Stephenson FRS, 1935

Fairytale of Aberystwyth

19 December 2013 by

Christmas is the traditional time for fairytales, from Peter Pan to The Nutcracker, and I’ve just discovered another fairy-story from looking…

Chen Zhu ForMemRS

Charter Book history

13 September 2013 by

An extraordinarily rare event is happening in Beijing today for one new Foreign Member of the Royal Society. It is…