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Meet the staff members that make the Museum so unique and get the insider scoop on upcoming exhibitions, research projects and new objects.

“If science is to inspire, engage and thrive, it needs its heroes more than ever.” This was the key message from Dr. Roger Highfield, our Director of External Affairs, and this year’s recipient of the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, at his Royal Society lecture ‘Heroes of Science’ earlier this week.

Green Babies

Journalist Annalisa Barbieri and other experts will be on hand at our ‘Green Babies’ workshop this Thursday to answer questions from new and expectant parents about how to reduce your baby’s carbon footprint and environmental impact.

On Saturday I had tickets to see the Men’s Road Race competition. It was terrifically exciting as they zoomed nine times round Box Hill. Shame about the result but ho hum. In recent times Britain has become bike mad. Bicycle bits crop up a surprising amount of times – in rather unusual ways – in the medical collections.  So even if it all goes wrong for Bradley Wiggins in the time trial (and fingers crossed not!)- here’s some ideas to put his bike to good use to: […]

This article was written by Ben Russell, Curator of Mechanical Engineering  1712 was a red letter year for humankind: for the first time, rather than just relying on wind, water, or muscles, a new energy source became available: the steam engine. Thomas Newcomen of Dartmouth took the earlier, and rather ineffective, steam pump by Thomas Savery, christened by him the ‘Miner’s Friend’, and expanded it up into a truly practical industrial machine that harnessed the power of the atmosphere. The […]

This week saw the second gathering of Google’s Luvvies and Boffins at the Science Museum.

Find out more in our guest blog post from Peter Barron, Director of External Relations at Google

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