The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, known as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science, and is possibly the oldest such society in existence. Founded in November 1660, it was granted a Royal Charter by King Charles II as the "Royal Society of London". The Society today acts as a scientific advisor to the British government, receiving a parliamentary grant-in-aid. The Society acts as the UK s Academy of Sciences, and funds research fellowships and scientific start-up companies. The Society is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Society s President, according to a set of Statutes and Standing Orders. The members of Council and the President are elected from and by its Fellows, the basic members of the Society, who are themselves elected by existing Fellows. There are currently 1,314 Fellows, allowed to use the postnominal title FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society), with 44 new Fellows appointed each year. There are also Royal Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Foreign Fellows, the last of which are allowed to use their postnominal title ForMemRS (Foreign Member of the Royal Society). The current Royal Society President is Sir Paul Nurse, who
Biologist finds animal groups share dominance dynamics
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Qualities that make bird wings efficient over a wide range of flight styles
It has taken more than a million fine samples of aerodynamic force and airflow combined to determine what makes a hummingbird's wings so adept at hovering.
New research suggests insect wings might serve gyroscopic function
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Geckos found to have skin mechanism that flings off water (w/ video)
Tiny magnets used to upset flight of fruit flies to study their abilities (w/ Video)
Cities have memory and interact with their neighbors
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Cockroaches made to follow directions via wireless nerve stimulation
Social circles: Study details the degree to which urban movement is linked to social activity
If you live in a city, you know that a fair amount of your movement around town is social in nature. But how much, exactly? A new study co-authored by MIT researchers uses a novel method to infer that around ...
Scientists find strongest natural material
Limpet teeth might be the strongest natural material known to man, a new study has found.
Physics of food shows secrets of popcorn
To most people, it may be just a fun food to munch while watching a movie. But to a couple of French investigators, popcorn is a biomechanical enigma waiting to be explained.
High-speed images capture patterns by which raindrops spread pathogens among plants
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Artificially intelligent robot scientist 'Eve' could boost search for new drugs
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Weight riddle solved by Stanford bird wing test
Computer model could help anticipate overreactions to disease outbreaks
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Has car manufacturer taken the corner too fast with the boxfish design?
Billions of years of evolution have provided solutions for countless technical problems, while teaching designers and engineers a thing or two along the way. But now a car manufacturer has designed a concept ...