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Think you know your chemistry 🧪 from your colliery 🚂 , your biology 🦠 from your Berners-Lee 💻 ? Test your science knowle...
11/04/2020

Think you know your chemistry 🧪 from your colliery 🚂 , your biology 🦠 from your Berners-Lee 💻 ?

Test your science knowledge with this quiz inspired by our collection that you can do at home with family and friends: https://bit.ly/3ebu1bn

According to Irish legend, eggs laid on Good Friday have no best-before date - they were believed never to go off, remai...
10/04/2020

According to Irish legend, eggs laid on Good Friday have no best-before date - they were believed never to go off, remaining as fresh the following year as the day they were laid.

Check out our egg-celent collection of egg inspired objects for this Easter weekend, including the model egg used in the 1979 film Alien. 👽 🥚

https://bit.ly/34kAvAg

#OnThisDay in 1969, Concorde 002 made its first flight from Filton to Royal Air Force Fairford. ✈️ In total, Concorde 00...
09/04/2020

#OnThisDay in 1969, Concorde 002 made its first flight from Filton to Royal Air Force Fairford. ✈️

In total, Concorde 002 had made 438 flights (836 hours), of which 196 flights were supersonic.

In this video, Science Museum curator Doug Millard guides you through mankind's earliest dreams of flight, through the Wright brothers and early adventurers to the jet engine as you discover the history of flight.

https://bit.ly/2XhNJMy

©️ Science Museum Group Collection

Anyone for a cuppa? ☕ ⁣⁣A mid-century icon, the story of the Teasmade (an automatic tea-maker and alarm clock) goes back...
08/04/2020

Anyone for a cuppa? ☕ ⁣

A mid-century icon, the story of the Teasmade (an automatic tea-maker and alarm clock) goes back over 100 years.⁣

Throughout the 19th century, the UK’s tea consumption increased and tea became affordable to even the poorest.⁣

Since the turn of the 20th century, Britain has remained one of the world’s most voracious per-capita consumers of tea.⁣

By the end of the 1930s, two-thirds of British homes had electricity, which meant an automatic cup of tea no longer involved sleeping next to an open flame. Automatic tea-makers became ‘Teasmades’, made accessible by the new electricity supply.⁣

Despite its former popularity, by 1980 the classic Teasmade was on its way out. The machine’s appearance in one of @officialqueenmusic most iconic music videos was perhaps a signal of its downfall, with 'I Want to Break Free' mocking a number of old-fashioned domestic stereotypes.⁣

To for more on the history of automatic tea makers, click here https://bit.ly/2UTiENV

Happy Birthday, Major Tim Peake! 🚀 🛰️ British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake discusses the Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit he wo...
07/04/2020

Happy Birthday, Major Tim Peake! 🚀 🛰️

British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake discusses the Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit he wore during his launch to the International Space Station and return to Earth.

This historic object is now part of the Science Museum Group Collection.

https://bit.ly/3dX60Vq

Science Director Roger Highfield examines the vaccines under development which may help bring the coronavirus crisis to ...
06/04/2020
Coronavirus science: Ending the pandemic

Science Director Roger Highfield examines the vaccines under development which may help bring the coronavirus crisis to an end.

https://bit.ly/2UN64zK

Science Director Roger Highfield examines the vaccines under development which may help bring the coronavirus crisis to an end.

The landmark BBC TV drama Edge of Darkness by creative screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin, became a gritty but nuanced thr...
05/04/2020
The Art of Innovation - Protecting the Earth - BBC Sounds

The landmark BBC TV drama Edge of Darkness by creative screenwriter Troy Kennedy Martin, became a gritty but nuanced thriller, exploring many powerful themes that dominated cultural and political life in the early 1980’s - from the secrecy of the nuclear state, to the hopes and fears unleashed by the growing tide of global environmentalism.

Back in October on BBC Radio 4, Science Museum curator Dr Tilly Blyth explored how the spiritual and scientific inspiration that gives the drama its much lauded mythical quality arises from the Gaia hypothesis by maverick scientist James Lovelock.

Listen now https://bbc.in/2VcqJMD

Tilly Blyth on a new awareness of a fragile Earth in the mystical drama Edge of Darkness

Imagine Britain on the eve of the Industrial Revolution—industry is exploding as the factory system whirs into action, m...
04/04/2020
Stephenson's Rocket, Rainhill and the rise of the locomotive | National Railway Museum

Imagine Britain on the eve of the Industrial Revolution—industry is exploding as the factory system whirs into action, mineral mines power thundering new technologies and thousands of people flock to cities for the first time.

The country is on the cusp of changes that will shape the world we know today—but long-distance freight is still carried by road or canal and there is no way faster than horseback to move people between the new urban centres. Something has to change.

How did engineers and industrialists set about finding a solution? What were their ideas, and did they succeed? And why is Rocket the name we remember today?
https://bit.ly/2UWc08l

Discover the story of pioneering engineering minds who pushed new locomotive technology to its limits.

Find your inner pinball wizard!The simple pinball machine in this activity is made from a cardboard box, with ice lolly ...
03/04/2020

Find your inner pinball wizard!

The simple pinball machine in this activity is made from a cardboard box, with ice lolly sticks as the flippers. It provides a great opportunity to explore the science of forces and motion.
https://bit.ly/2xHCm67

01/04/2020
Why do clouds have names?

Did you know that all clouds are named and classified using a system invented in 1803 by amateur meteorologist Luke Howard?

In this film, Alex Lathbridge talks to curator Alex Rose and finds out why Howard named the clouds and what he called them.
https://bit.ly/2X1skqL

Did you know that all clouds are named and classified using a system invented in 1803 by amateur meteorologist Luke Howard? In this film, Alex Lathbridge tal...

Sir William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg were a father-son team of Nobel Laureates that shared revolutionary v...
31/03/2020

Sir William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg were a father-son team of Nobel Laureates that shared revolutionary views on women in science!

And today, we celebrate the birthday of son William Lawrence Bragg, born #OnThisDay 1890.

The duo’s work on X-ray crystallography transformed science and our ability to ‘see’ atoms. They developed X-ray photographs of crystals which revealed how their atoms were arranged and from there, were able to construct three-dimensional models or diagrams of atomic structures.

The Bragg’s also encouraged women to take up X-ray crystallography at a time when science was male-dominated, and among William Bragg’s 18 research students, 11 were female.

Find out more about the Braggs and X-ray crystallography https://bit.ly/2QWJwtG

©️ Lawrence Bragg (left) and William Henry Bragg, Smithsonian Institution

Bring your curriculum teaching to life by using objects from our museum collection and fuel your students' fascination a...
30/03/2020
Explore museum objects in 3D - Learning Resources

Bring your curriculum teaching to life by using objects from our museum collection and fuel your students' fascination and curiosity around science and engineering.
https://bit.ly/39qUP40

Bring your curriculum teaching to life by using 3D objects from the Science Museum collection and fuel your students’ curiosity around science, medicine and faith.

Ice cream is basically droplets of fat from milk suspended in millions of tiny crystals of ice, fluffed up with tiny poc...
29/03/2020

Ice cream is basically droplets of fat from milk suspended in millions of tiny crystals of ice, fluffed up with tiny pockets of air.🍨

This KS2 activity shows you how to make the right mixture, then make it cold enough to create those ice crystals without the aid of a freezer. It also reveals how salt and ice make a chilling combination.
https://bit.ly/2WRkQqn

Joseph Bazalgette was born #OnThisDay in 1819. As Chief Engineer on London's Metropolitan Board of Works, he transformed...
28/03/2020

Joseph Bazalgette was born #OnThisDay in 1819. As Chief Engineer on London's Metropolitan Board of Works, he transformed London’s sewage system, making a huge difference to the health of Londoners. Much of the system is still in use today. Read more: https://bit.ly/2wz6u3o

Love music, but disappointed with the puny sound you get from smartphone speakers? 🔊 In this KS3 activity, things found ...
28/03/2020

Love music, but disappointed with the puny sound you get from smartphone speakers? 🔊

In this KS3 activity, things found around the home will boost the sound those speakers make. It’ll also make you think about how sounds are made and how they can be made louder.
https://bit.ly/2JjD4cb

With us all spending more time at home, we’ll be sharing daily content to keep you informed and entertained from #OnThis...
26/03/2020

With us all spending more time at home, we’ll be sharing daily content to keep you informed and entertained from #OnThisDay facts to stories delving into the history of science, technology and medicine.

But we also want to hear from you. Comment below and tell us what you’d like to see, read and hear from us to keep you entertained and informed while at home 🚀

https://bit.ly/2QOfrMV

In these uncertain times, our Science Director Roger Highfield rounds up the things we know, the things we don’t and pos...
23/03/2020

In these uncertain times, our Science Director Roger Highfield rounds up the things we know, the things we don’t and possible solutions for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read here: https://bit.ly/2UxlOoW

While our five museums are closed, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remains open to you online. ...
20/03/2020
Explore our museums at home

While our five museums are closed, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remains open to you online. On our blog, we’ve highlighted some of the ways you can ignite your curiosity wherever you are.

Read on to start exploring: https://bit.ly/3bbHAoR

Read on to discover a few ways you can ignite your curiosity wherever you are.

17/03/2020

As the nation comes together to deal with the threat of coronavirus, we have decided to close our five museums to the public from this evening (17 March) until further notice. If you have tickets to upcoming events, we’ll be in contact soon.

You can see more information here - https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visit

While our doors are closed, our incredible collection - and the inspirational stories it contains - remains accessible online. We’ll also put our creativity to use in finding new ways to ignite your curiosity and lift your spirits during some difficult days ahead.

For the time being, stay safe and take care.

Happy Birthday to Caroline Herschel, born #OnThisDay 1750 💫 ⁣⁣Herschel was the first woman in England to be paid for her...
16/03/2020

Happy Birthday to Caroline Herschel, born #OnThisDay 1750 💫 ⁣

Herschel was the first woman in England to be paid for her work in science. ⁣

With an initial passion for music, the renaissance woman later turned her focus to astronomy, and went on to discover eight comets as well as compiling catalogues of stars and nebulae 💫⁣

Her work is often overshadowed by that of her brother William Herschel who discovered Uranus, however her immense contributions to astronomy were recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society earning her the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society - the Society's highest honour. ⁣

Albert Einstein was born #OnThisDay in 1879. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence form...
14/03/2020

Albert Einstein was born #OnThisDay in 1879.

He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E=mc^2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation".

©️ M.C. Rosenbauer 2 June 1929 and signed by Einstein

14/03/2020

There's only 3 weeks left until Power UP returns to the museum!

Each week until opening, we thought we'd find out your favourite retro consoles 🎮

So, Nintendo Entertainment System or SEGA Dreamcast?
http://bit.ly/2xAFhgO

🎉 Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web which was born #OnThisDay in 1989. 🖥️ You can see the NeXT computer used by Sir T...
12/03/2020

🎉 Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web which was born #OnThisDay in 1989.

🖥️ You can see the NeXT computer used by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to design the web on display in the museum in the Information Age gallery.

Celebrate the return of Power UP with an evening where comedy and consoles collide 🎮 Gain special entry not only to an e...
11/03/2020

Celebrate the return of Power UP with an evening where comedy and consoles collide 🎮

Gain special entry not only to an evening gaming session at Power UP, but an exclusive live performance by Foxdog Studios, of their hit tech-heavy interactive comedy show Robot Chef right here at the Science Museum.

👾 Tickets are limited so book now! http://bit.ly/3cQSl1y

10/03/2020
National Mario Day

It's-a me, Mario!

Did you know that 10 March is National #MarioDay because when abbreviated to MAR10 it resembles his name?

Explore 8 unusual facts about the infamous moustachioed man.

http://bit.ly/39Ad73u

©️ Nintendo

09/03/2020
First man in space

Yuri Gagarin was born #OnThisDay in 1934.

As a Soviet Air Forces pilot and cosmonaut, Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space, achieving a major milestone in the Space Race; his capsule Vostok 1 completed one orbit of Earth on 12 April 1961.

http://bit.ly/38EqNcq

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. On 12 April 1961, he was the first human to fly into outer space; his Vostok spacecraft completed...

This #InternationalWomensDay, we're asking you to give us a shout-out to your favourite women in #STEM. We're starting w...
08/03/2020

This #InternationalWomensDay, we're asking you to give us a shout-out to your favourite women in #STEM.

We're starting with Ada Lovelace.

Ada Lovelace was a talented mathematician who, according to her husband, ‘mastered the mathematical side of a question in all its minuteness’. She was encouraged and guided by astronomer Mary Somerville, and was a companion to Charles Babbage, whose machines inspired her. She saw the potential of the analytical engine, writing a detailed paper on its significance. Babbage called her ‘the Enchantress of Numbers’.

http://bit.ly/39z9xqu

#OnThisDay in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent (#174,465) for an invention he calls the telephone. 📞 Bel...
07/03/2020

#OnThisDay in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent (#174,465) for an invention he calls the telephone. 📞
Bell's patent covered "the method of, and apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically by causing electrical undulations, similar in form to the vibrations of the air accompanying the said vocal or other sound"
http://bit.ly/2IsadSp

06/03/2020
Valentina Tereshkova

Happy 83rd Birthday to Valentina Tereshkova! 🚀
Tereshkova became the first woman in space when she was launched on a solo mission on 16 June 1963. She spent almost 3 days orbiting Earth.
Discover her extraordinary life in this blog from the archives: https://bit.ly/2Iq6fdi

We're celebrating #WorldBookDay by giving you a peek inside the pages of Robert Hooke's Micrographia on display in our #...
05/03/2020

We're celebrating #WorldBookDay by giving you a peek inside the pages of Robert Hooke's Micrographia on display in our #ScienceCity gallery.
Published in 1665 it was described by Samuel Pepys as “…the most ingenious book that ever I read in my life…” http://bit.ly/2vGypOi

04/03/2020

There's only one month left until Power UP opens! 👾

Each week until opening, we thought we'd find out your favourite retro consoles 🎮

So, Nintendo 64 vs PlayStation. Which one wins?

http://bit.ly/2wve1zS

To celebrate #WorldWildlifeDay, here is a photograph from our collection showing  WWF's founding father Peter Scott read...
03/03/2020

To celebrate #WorldWildlifeDay, here is a photograph from our collection showing WWF's founding father Peter Scott reading passages from the first report of the Wild Life Fund to Beni, a 3 tonne, 7 year old female white rhino from Uganda.

http://bit.ly/2IecYH9
Daily Herald Archive/Science Museum Group/SSPL
© Mirrorpix

Developed as a result of Toyota's 1992 Earth Charter, the Prius was designed as a reliable and efficient ultra-low emiss...
02/03/2020

Developed as a result of Toyota's 1992 Earth Charter, the Prius was designed as a reliable and efficient ultra-low emission vehicle. A first generation Prius has recently joined our collection.
Curator Ben Russell explores electric cars from the collection on our blog http://bit.ly/2I9l5V5

#OnThisDay in 1988 one of the most famous popular science books ever written was published: Professor Stephen Hawking's ...
01/03/2020

#OnThisDay in 1988 one of the most famous popular science books ever written was published: Professor Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time

📸 This 1st edition is from the Science Museum Group Collection

Happy 200th Birthday to John Tenniel! Illustrator of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland born #OnThisDay in...
28/02/2020

Happy 200th Birthday to John Tenniel! Illustrator of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland born #OnThisDay in 1820. Fall down the rabbit-hole of our collection to discover more beautifully illustrated glass slides: http://bit.ly/2wNPKoy

We tried to find something relevant in our collection for #PancakeDay. 🥞 Turns out we have a frying pan from 1999 which ...
25/02/2020

We tried to find something relevant in our collection for #PancakeDay. 🥞
Turns out we have a frying pan from 1999 which is on display in our Making the Modern World gallery. http://bit.ly/32mnaGL

Tell us your favourite pancake toppings 🥞

There's only a few more hours left to get early bird tickets for Power UP! 🎮Get 20% off the first and last sessions on 4...
23/02/2020

There's only a few more hours left to get early bird tickets for Power UP! 🎮

Get 20% off the first and last sessions on 4-6 April - offer expires on 24 February

Are you ready to enter the game? http://bit.ly/2VfbDr9

21/02/2020

I’m usually grey but sometimes white
I have wings but I’m not an airplane
I lay eggs but I’m not a chicken
I eat food scraps but I’m not a dog
I hang out in Trafalgar Square but I’m not a lion

What am I?

Can you solve today's #TopSecret enigma? https://bit.ly/2HHOcyT

How did Captain Cook use a circumnavigation, a transit of Venus and the principle of depth perception to measure the dis...
21/02/2020

How did Captain Cook use a circumnavigation, a transit of Venus and the principle of depth perception to measure the distance between the Earth and Sun?

Learn how this experiment was coordinated on a global scale and have a go at measuring your own Astronomical Unit at this month's Lates!
http://bit.ly/2HE5DQy

20/02/2020
Top Secret

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Top Secret closes this weekend! We've been sharing enigmas this week until we close to celebrate this extraordinary exhibition. Reply to the following secret message in code for extra brownie points.

Contra, the coin-op arcade game, debuted #OnThisDay in 1987. Equipped with a rifle and ammo, players assumed the role of...
20/02/2020

Contra, the coin-op arcade game, debuted #OnThisDay in 1987.
Equipped with a rifle and ammo, players assumed the role of a military commando.

Rediscover your favourite childhood games and play against friends in multiplayer showdowns at Power UP, our hands-on gaming event, this Easter.

Book now http://bit.ly/39OtXLS

Due to popular demand, we have released more tickets for our exclusive event 'Japan and Britain: Isles on Innovation' on...
18/02/2020
Japan and Britain: Isles of Innovation | Science Museum

Due to popular demand, we have released more tickets for our exclusive event 'Japan and Britain: Isles on Innovation' on 25 February.

Join us in one of our galleries for a unique afternoon of talks and panel discussions coinciding with the Japan-UK Season of Culture.

Tickets are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.
http://bit.ly/2V2XDAQ

Join us for an exploration of past, present and future relations between these two powerful industrial countries.

18/02/2020
Ciphers

As promised here is day 2 of the Top Secret countdown. Today’s a shift code!

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Reply to this message in code to keep up the mystery!
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http://bit.ly/31Z9oJY

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