Fancy seeing what Britain was like in the old days? Head to the Natural History Museum for “Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story,” from 13th February (www.nhm.ac.uk). Revisiting the era when mammoths roamed the land, artefacts include a skull from Britain’s earliest known Neanderthal and the world’s oldest wooden spear. The life-size waxwork of a Neanderthal should raise a monobrow.
Flu experts meet in Geneva in February to decide which strains of influenza should make it into the next winter vaccine. The meeting will also discuss modifying the pandemic flu vaccine, to take account of the latest changes in the H7N9 and H5N1 subtypes.
The international trafficking of wildlife has reached “crisis proportions,” according to the Zoological Society of London, hosting a symposium this month (www.zsl.org). Conservationists, wildlife investigators and Interpol will discuss tagging animals, breaking up smuggling syndicates and reducing demand for coveted items such as tusks, shells and tiger organs, particularly in herbal medicine.
If you’re looking for a science-themed date for Valentine’s Day—and who isn’t?—then head to “Beautiful Science” at the British Library (www.bl.uk). Opening on 20th February, it shows how scientists use pictures as much as words and numbers to shape ideas. It promises John Snow’s famous plot of Soho cholera outbreaks, Charles Darwin’s sketch of the tree of life and Nasa maps. Perfect for that person you’ve got designs on.