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01/22/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
Francis Bacon, known as the father of scientific method, was born #onthisday in 1561.

An English Renaissance statesman and philosopher, Bacon took up Aristotelian ideas, arguing for an empirical, inductive approach, known as the scientific method, which is the foundation of modern scientific inquiry.

A major figure in scientific methodology, he is widely credited with ushering in the new...
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How one of the greatest treasures in science - Newton's Principia - was nearly thwarted by a book about fish [ Link ] Objectivity
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It's another big calendar day, happy #SquirrelAppreciationDay! Here's our finest from the archives (1776 - 1846) [ Link ]
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01/20/2017 at 16:12. Facebook
Happy birthday, Buzz! The former astronaut and second person to walk on the Moon, was born #onthisday in 1930.

On July 21, 1969, Aldrin and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world’s largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented...
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01/20/2017 at 08:15. Facebook
It's everybody's favourite day, #PenguinAwarenessDay! So it's important to know your penguins. Spot them too with this fabulous citizen science project [ Link ]
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01/19/2017 at 16:03. Facebook
Woolly mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers, the enormous Glyptodon and the fearsome dire wolves, all roamed the US and Canada in the past 50,000 years. They died in the megafaunal extinction in the Pleistocene period, and now scientists have dispelled an established theory of what factors made them vulnerable – it turns out that the animals' ecological uniqueness played no role in the extinctions...
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01/19/2017 at 08:00. Facebook
James Watt FRS, the Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist, who created the Watt steam engine and developed the concept of horsepower, was born #onthisday in 1736.

His invention was fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both the UK and rest of the world. The SI unit of power, the watt, was named after the great scientist [ Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 16:02. Facebook
The little brown bat, a species that has been decimated by a deadly fungus, could be taking the first tentative steps to recovery, scientists say.

Researchers for the first time are finding the bats showing some resistance to white-nose syndrome — the fungus that has killed millions of them across North America [ Link ]

Study: Some bats showing resistance to deadly fungus
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01/18/2017 at 08:00. Facebook
It was #onthisday in 1896 the X-ray machine was exhibited for the first time by H.L Smith.

It was developed by high school director H J Hoffmans and local hospital director Lambertus Theodorus van Kleef from Maastricht in the Netherlands. Following a publication by X-ray discoverer Wilhelm Röntgen just weeks before, the pair built their device from parts found at the high school and used it...
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01/17/2017 at 15:30. Facebook
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States and a revered scientist and inventor, was born #onthisday in 1706.

A renowned polymath, the scientist was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among...
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01/17/2017 at 10:00. Facebook
Rhinos signal gender, age and sexual availability in their poo, a study reports, suggesting mammals may use communal dung heaps as social networking sites.

It is well known that animals communicate via chemical messages transmitted in urine, but the data-transmitting role of dung, another waste product, has been unclear [ Link ]

Rhinos Use Poop Piles Like a Social Network
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01/16/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Why the ghosts of Ice Age mammals can teach us about endangered species.

New research by Yale University in our Proceedings B journal tracked the history of some of the world's largest mammals, examining the relationship between functional diversity and extinction risk [ Link ]
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01/16/2017 at 10:00. Facebook
Researchers have designed a complete computer simulation of a human artery. They believe it can lay a foundation for deeper study of vessel pathologies and become an alternative to animal tests in pharmacology [ Link ]

Scientists design complete computer simulation of human artery
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01/15/2017 at 15:31. Facebook
Sofia Kovalevskaya - the first Russian female mathematician & first woman to edit a science journal, was born #onthisday in 1850.

The mathematician, who contributed to analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics, was also the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe
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01/15/2017 at 10:00. Facebook
It was #onthisday in 1759, the British Museum opened its doors to the public, becoming the first national public museum in the world.

The popular museum dedicated to human history, art and culture, is home to more than 8 millions works, and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present day.

Sir Hans Sloane, a former president of the Royal Society, bequeathed his...
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"The imaginative and interesting people science needs find inspiration in the most unexpected places – both inside and outside the lab; in their personal and family lives and their other responsibilities and commitments."

Professor Ottoline Leyser FRS speaks to Nature about shifting perceptions in academia, why we need diversity in science, and the #AndAScientist campaign [ Link ]
As it's International Kite Day, we thought we'd share a classic Objectivity episode to celebrate.

The team, joined by Michael Stevens of VSAUCE, take a look at one of the most famous scientific experiments of the 18th century - Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment [ Link ]