Discoveries Category

12/04/2022

Aeroacoustics

With air travel increasing in popularity in the early 1950s, scientists were faced with the new problem…

19/01/2022

Triton, Hyperion, Ariel and Umbriel

Lancashire-born William Lassell (1799-1880) grew up in Liverpool within a clock-making family, acquiring the precision engineering skills…

04/12/2021

Flinders Petrie, pioneer of Egyptology

Sir W.M. Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) did not know his grandfather, Lincolnshire-born Captain Matthew Flinders (1774-1814), who was…

10/11/2021

West Kennet Long Barrow

West Kennet Long Barrow (WKLB), near the Avebury stone circles in Wiltshire, is one of 180 barrows…

08/01/2021

The Falklands Conflict

The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory¬† just north of the British Antarctic Territory and south-east…

03/12/2020

Stephen Hawking’s universe

Oxford-born cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) said:“Look up at the stars and not at your feet. Try…

12/10/2020

British Antarctic Territory

Britain’s two tallest mountains by far ~ Mount Hope (10,627ft.) and Mount Jackson (10,446ft.) ~ sit within…

30/09/2020

Silicone

It is hard to imagine life today without the multitudinous ways in which silicone is employed, from…

13/07/2020

Colour blindness

John Dalton* (1766-1844) from Cumberland was the first scientist to study colour blindness, after discovering it in…

27/06/2020

The double-helix of DNA

Dr. Francis Crick (1916-2004) was born in Northamptonshire and was one of three scientists awarded the 1962…

27/05/2020

Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. James Parkinson (1755-1824) from London was quite the polymath, making strides not only in medicine but…

11/05/2020

Everest & the mapping of India

By 1871 the mapping of India was the most detailed of any country in the world, thanks…