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…

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…