50 years on: Information Retrieval and the British Library
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by The Science Team
6M ago
The fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the British Library is an opportunity to look back at the leading role the Library and its parent bodies played in introducing computerised information retrieval for science and medicine to the UK. Between 1965 and 1975 experiments in searching databases of medical research ..read more
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Wild British Library: Experiences of nature: goldfinch, pigeon and magpie
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by The Science Team
7M ago
For us and for nature, facts are not enough. We need stories too. Facts tell us something. We need facts, yes, but we need more. To understand facts, and for them to help us act, we need to connect with them in a way that is meaningful to us. Sharing ..read more
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Wild British Library: The woodpigeon: from woods to trees
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by The Science Team
7M ago
Figure 1 Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus) is alert, ready to take off (13 June 2023) British Library, St Pancras Photo: Andrea Deri The woodpigeon (Columba palumbus L.) is one of the most noticeable birds around the British Library’s St Pancras site. Figure 2 Woodpigeon perches high (11 June 2023) and waddles ..read more
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Wild British Library: Snails, Sponges and Oysters – finding fossils at the British Library
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by The Science Team
9M ago
Alongside the Animals exhibition the British Library hosts a permanent show of animal fossils, hiding in plain sight. As you cross the Piazza on a visit to the Library you tread on limestone brought from the Hauteville region of the French Jura. This stone formed in the early Cretaceous period ..read more
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Wild British Library: The ant and the three-cornered garlic
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by The Science Team
9M ago
Summer has arrived but some spring flowers are still around in British Library’s St Pancras site’s Floor 3 Garden. This three-cornered garlic (Allium triquetrum L. 1753) is one of them [1,2]. It was prominent with its white flowers in May and covered half of the terrace’s wild area. Now, when ..read more
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Wild British Library: A feather
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by The Science Team
11M ago
What’s going on in the British Library at night? A creamy-brown mottled feather with a broken quill might shed light on some unexpected activities. A feather A feather was spotted on a sunny crisp lunch break walk on 15 February 2023. [Fig. 1, 2] Figure 1 Feather found on 15 ..read more
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Announcing our first Environmentalist in Residence
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by The Science Team
1y ago
We’re proud to announce Juliana Gaertner, an accomplished climate researcher and campaigner, as our inaugural Environmentalist in Residence. Juliana Gaertner This position is a new initiative, aimed at supporting our growing commitment to climate action by bringing in experts to explore our archives and contribute to a better understanding of ..read more
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Gold - why is it so valuable?
The British Library | Science blog
by The Science Team
1y ago
Our current Gold exhibition explores the use of gold in books and documents around the world. This blogpost looks at gold from a scientific perspective, and why it has the properties that have caused it to be so valued throughout human history. Gold is probably the first metal to be ..read more
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Healthy Cities - How do we make London happier and healthier after Covid-19?
The British Library | Science blog
by The Science Team
1y ago
After longer than two years Covid-19 is still with us, and while we are doing our best to live with it, many questions remain about its long-term impacts. The negative impacts are all to evident in our daily lives, from the personal loss for those who have lost the loved ..read more
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Climate change resources at the British Library
The British Library | Science blog
by The Science Team
2y ago
(Photograph by Tony Antoniou) The COP26 conference in Glasgow has ended, but the real work of reducing carbon emissions must now begin. The science staff and the British Library Green Network have created a collection guide now available on our website, which includes key items to provide information on the ..read more
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