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Conference on Geological Collectors and Collecting

Registration reminder! The registration process for the Conference on Geological Collectors and Collecting is now underway. The conference is organised by the History of Geology Group (HOGG) an affiliated group of the Geological Society of London.  A full programme and timetable; a registration form which provides full details about the conference costs and how to […]

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Masters Studentship in the History of Science for the 2010-2011 Academic Year

Durham University’s Department of Philosophy invites applications for a Masters studentship in the History of Science.  The studentships are part of the Taught Masters Programme in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (HPSM) run by Durham University’s Department of Philosophy and the School of Medicine & Health.  The studentship provides financial support of […]

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Asa Gray honoured in US American Scientists stamps issue in June 2011

The United States Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring Asa Gray in June. The third American Scientists stamp issuance honors chemist Melvin Calvin, botanist Asa Gray, physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer, and biochemist Severo Ochoa. The stamps go on sale June 16. Melvin Calvin was the first scientist to trace in detail the process of […]

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75th Anniversary Meeting Announcement

From Royal Gifts to Biodiversity Conservation: The History and Development of Menageries, Zoos and Aquariums, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th May 2011, Chester Zoo, UK This international Symposium is being held in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Society for the History of Natural History. It is a joint collaboration between the Society for […]

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Message from SHNH President November 2010

Council met recently (28 October) and there are a number of things to report.  I am delighted to announce that Council has nominated our distinguished patron, Sir David Attenborough, for the Society’s Founders’ Medal. The Biodiversity Heritage Library, represented by Tom Garnett, has been awarded the John Thackray Medal. Twelve major natural history museum libraries, […]

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Researchers Explore Evolution of World’s Mammals Over the Past 100 Million Years

Researchers have demon­strated that the extinc­tion of dinosaurs 65 mil­lion years ago paved the way for mam­mals to get big­ger — about a thou­sand times big­ger than they had been. The study titled, “The Evo­lu­tion of Max­i­mum Body Size of Ter­res­trial Mam­mals,” released today in the pres­ti­gious jour­nal Sci­ence, is the first to quan­ti­ta­tively explore […]

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Sir Hans Sloane Correspondence online

"Sir Hans Sloane’s Correspondence Online" website has been launched. The pilot project allows you to search over 1,400 letters addressed to the physician, scientist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). The letters cover a wide variety of subjects, from medical cases and scholarly disputes to travel or collecting. Most of the letters are in English, […]

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Ancient seaweed is living fossil

By Matt Walker, Editor, Earth News Ancient seaweed that have been found growing in the deep sea are "living fossils", researchers have reported. The two types of seaweed, which grow more than 200m underwater, represent previously unrecognised ancient forms of algae, say the scientists. As such, the algae could belong to the earliest of all […]

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British Society for the History of Science Dingle Prize 2011

The British Society for the History of Science invites book nominations for the 2011 Dingle Prize. In keeping with the Society’s concern to communicate history of science to broad audiences, the 2011 Dingle Prize will be offered for the best book in the history of science, technology, and medicine, first published in English in 2009 […]

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