A Growing Galaxy

In the summer of 2016, the Milky Way doubled in size. By which we mean, the number of stars it was previously believed to contain was found to be only about half what it actually contains. It was around that time when the first batch of data from Gaia — a space...

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Dedication + Perseverance = Success

Michael Faraday is proof positive that dedication and perseverance pay off. Faraday — physicist, chemist, and founder of the UK Royal Institution’s famous Christmas science lectures — was only educated until the age of 13. He left school to help support his...

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Score 1: Women

‘He managed to become a CEO without sacrificing his masculinity.’ That’s not a sentence anyone is likely to come across in their daily readings. But the same is not true when considering the opposite sex. Up until very recently, the Merriam-Webster dictionary included...

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X Marks The Spot

This is a tale of two halves. It begins around the turn of the 20th century, with the establishment of a new private printing press near the banks of the Thames, and comes to a dramatic close in the winter of 1916, under cover of darkness, on Hammersmith Bridge. The...

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Photographic Revolution

Edwin Herbert Land was a visionary scientist and inventor who 70 years ago changed the picture-taking habits of people around the world, the result of which is still felt today.   Land pioneered a technique that produced fully-developed photos at the touch of a...

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Can’t Touch This

In the editorial we made mention of the lovely Edixion Offset 110gsm uncoated paper Issue 2 of the magazine is printed on. If you take a moment to move your finger back and forth a little, you’ll feel the tangible texture of it. Except, actually, you...

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Kepler’s Cosmic Cup

There was a time when astrology and astronomy were not so scientifically, diametrically opposed. A time when Johannes Kepler wrote horoscopes for the royal court while also writing requests to the Duke for money to build a pioneering new model of the solar system....

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Witches Brew

The general knowledge of women’s role in the invention of beer, and the establishment of the industry around it, has largely been lost to the hands of time, and…. witch-hunters? “Some 10 years ago, on a warm autumn afternoon, I saw a witch and had an epiphany – an...

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Get Stuffed

Some say it’s macabre, others that it’s a second chance at life. Whatever your views on taxidermy, it is a practice that is inextricably linked with natural history collections and museums, and a craft which is enjoying a new lease of life. The practice of taxidermy...

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Oh Coffee, How We Do Love Thee

Britain is in love with a little brown bean called coffee. And it’s an affair that dates back more than 350 years to the edge of a churchyard in St Michael’s Alley, off Cornhill, in east central London. It was off Cornhill, in 1652, that Pasqua Rosee,...

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Hallucinogenic Books

Libraries can expand your mind in more ways than one. A leading London mycologist has claimed that old books, particularly those stored in less than perfect conditions, can provide inspiration without the need to read even a single word; just take a deep breath. In...

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Petrichor

The natural world is full of gods, goddesses and other mythological creatures, in name, if not spirit. For nomenclature convention draws heavily on the Greek and Roman classics when labelling new species and other scientific phenomena. One particularly pleasing term –...

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Pyramid Of Death

In the 1820s, the tallest building in London was St Paul’s Cathedral, at 111 metres high. But architect Thomas Willson had grander plans. In 1829 he proposed to build a massive granite pyramid on Primrose Hill. It would rise 290 metres and cover a site of 18.5...

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