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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

April 2009


Wot, no Nobels?

Ted Nield on some revolting academics


Science in Government

Peter Allen wonders if we beat ourselves up too much about not using the right language. What we need is more scientifically literate people in politics!



Sinking to new depths

Nina Morgan on the roots of the Great Plumes Debate, which reappeared online last month



Dinos not chargrilled

Dwain Eldred on new geochemical evidence that there was no global wildfire at the close of the Cretaceous


New in Brief - April 2009

Joe McCall ponders snowballs, slushballs and spouting satellites


Society News

Chartership News

George Tuckwell and Bill Gaskarth on a welcome rise in CGeol applications under the new system


Society Research Grants Announced

Successful grant applications announced


Books & Arts

Book Reviews - April 2009

Three new book reviews, by Tim Atkinson, Bernard Leake and Sean Mulshaw


Darwin's Big Idea

Sarah Day reviews the NHM exhibition to mark the great man's bicentenary



Extending the Subway

Seth Pollack describes how to tunnel under Manhattan without bringing a skyscraper down on your head


Online Special

Petterson returns to Leicester

Dr Michael Petterson appointed Professor of Applied and Environmental Geology at Leicester University


First company charged under new manslaughter law

Geotechnical consultancy is first company in the UK to be charged under 2007 Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007


Prophet without honour

Italian geologist who predicted the L’Aquila earthquake was reported to the police for scaremongering