Saturday, 25 November 2006

Standing on the Shoulders: A Wonderful Resource

The Royal Society Digital Journal Archive, dating back to 1665 and containing more than 60,000 articles, is now available online at and is FREE to access until the end of December 2006. Following this it will continue to be free as part of any of the Royal Society's new journal subscription packages.

The Royal Society Digital Archive is easily the most comprehensive archive in science and contains some of the most significant scientific papers ever published. The development of the digital archive means that the Society's online collection now contains every paper ever published in the Royal Society's journals, including the entire back catalogue of Philosophical Transactions since 1665, the longest-running international science journal in the world.

It provides a record of some key scientific discoveries from the last 340 years — some examples:

Robert Hooke, preserving animals by blowing through their lungs with bellows - 1667
Isaac Newton's reflecting telescope - 1672
Benjamin Franklin’s legendary kite experiment, drawing down lightning and showing its electrical nature - 1752
Edmund Stone’s observations on Willow bark, leading to the discovery of Aspirin - 1763
Daines Barrington’s account of a very remarkable young musician (Mozart) - 1770
Joseph Priestley's discovery of oxygen - 1775
The Method Taken for Preserving the Health of the Crew of His Majesty's Ship the Resolution during Her Late Voyage Round the World. By Captain James Cook, F. R. S. Addressed to Sir John Pringle, Bart. P. R. S.
William Hershel's discovery of Uranus - 1783
William Henry Fox Talbot’s first account of photography - 1839
Richard Owen's discovery of Archeopteryx, the earliest and most primitive known bird fossil - 1863
Thomas (TH) Huxley's Remarks upon Archaopteryx lithographica, correcting Owen & making his early reputation - 1864
Arthur Eddington’s solar eclipse observations, confirming Einstein’s general theory of relativity - 1919
Fleming's report of discovering the effect of penicillin - 1922
Crick and Watson's report of the structure of DNA - 1954

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    Saturday, 18 November 2006

    Tentacles of the communications octopus

    Ahh, people ... AdVerbatims (, described as " a hooting good collection of design-related overheards" by India, Ink ( She saw it at Graphic Design Bar (, who got it from Veer (]

    Saturday, 4 November 2006

    Creek dries

    On October 30th, 2006 Chris Clarke put Creek Running North into a posting hiatus. It's sad, but looking the final Gone fishin', and at other recent posts & comments you can see good reasons. More happily, at least for now it's staying online to read. So go & do that while you can.

    Thursday, 2 November 2006

    Tibet: A photo from Flickr

    Originally uploaded by PEDRO SARAIVA.
    Such lovely colours and rhythmn in the accoutrements, and a nice little by-play in the humanity. (from the threeheadedblog)

    Wednesday, 1 November 2006

    NZ News: Hide your insulin

    Airline's medicine ban leaves passenger in coma
    New Zealand Herald - National News
    Wednesday November 1, 2006
    By James Ihaka

    A diabetic man fell into a coma because airport staff refused to let him take his insulin on board a flight from Auckland to Christchurch.

    Qantas yesterday apologised to Tui Peter Russell, who had a severe attack on the plane and was in hospital for two weeks.

    Mr Russell said check-in staff at Auckland Airport told him he could not take his medication on board because it was dangerous...
    ... or maybe not
    No hospital records for 'comatose' airline passenger section/ story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10408778
    Thursday November 2, 2006
    By James Ihaka

    Doubts have emerged about the coma a diabetic said he suffered on a flight from Auckland to Christchurch...

    Halloween special on Astronomy Picture of the Day