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Large asteroid captured by radar passing close to Earth

Large asteroid captured by radar passing close to Earth

Posted Tue, 08 Nov 2011 14:38:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

An asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier, 2005 YU55, the largest to pass close to earth in the last 35 years, has been captured on radar.

Large asteroid captured by radar passing close to Earth

Phobos Probe

Phobos Probe

Posted Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:05:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Accompanied by a Chinese satellite, Moscow is sending a probe on Tuesday, 8th November to the asteroid-like moon, Phobos. The probe will return in 2014 with a rock sample, in an effort to confirm or deny theories that the surface of Phobos is of Martian origin.

Phobos Probe

Quasar disc seen around black hole

Quasar disc seen around black hole

Posted Fri, 04 Nov 2011 20:40:01 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Scientists have used gravitational lensing to increase the power of the Hubble telescope and examine a quasar ring around a black hole. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists examined the bright ring of matter, called a quasar accretion disc, possibly 300 billion kilometres wide, which is slowly disappearing into the black hole.

Quasar disc seen around black hole

Torquay man

Torquay man

Posted Thu, 03 Nov 2011 15:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A limestone cave full of stalagmites in Torquay has given up a jawbone from at least 41,000 years ago. The jaw with three teeth was originally thought to be younger, but advanced dating and scanning of many related materials indicate our own species.

Torquay man

Best habitats for life on Mars were underground, new study suggests

Best habitats for life on Mars were underground, new study suggests

Posted Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:14:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Data from mineral clay sites on Mars suggests that the most stable habitats for life appear to have been in the subsurface, where warm water existed for long durations.

Best habitats for life on Mars were underground, new study suggests

Bacterial enzyme one billion years old

Bacterial enzyme one billion years old

Posted Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The University of Waikato, near Hamilton, has computed accurate predictions about the size, shape, composition and the amazing speed of ancient bacterial enzymes.

Bacterial enzyme one billion years old

Engineering students grow smarter thanks to FarmVille

Engineering students grow smarter thanks to FarmVille

Posted Tue, 01 Nov 2011 20:50:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

American undergraduates use Facebook's FarmVille game to learn lessons about business and engineering. The 28 students at Missouri University of Science and Technology played Facebook's popular FarmVille game to learn how to help improve their decision-making in both engineering and in the commercial world.

Engineering students grow smarter thanks to FarmVille

Those pesky bacteria

Those pesky bacteria

Posted Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:39:00 GMT by Ines Morales

New research on marine life and ship maintenance. If you have ever gone for a walk on the intertidal zone at low tide, you have surely noticed how slimy the rocks are. All sorts of little things grow on them, from seaweed and barnacles to even more diminutive critters like algae and bacteria.

Those pesky bacteria

Asteroids the size of a small house and aircraft carrier passing the Earth

Asteroids the size of a small house and aircraft carrier passing the Earth

Posted Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:02:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

An asteroid the size of a house is passing by on Monday evening (31st October). 2011MD's very nature - probably carbon or an iron/nickel mixture-is fairly obvious, similar to another visitor in February. Asteroid 2005 YU55 passes Earth next Tuesday, November 8th and is the size of an aircraft carrier.

Asteroids the size of a small house and aircraft carrier passing the Earth

Ice Warms in Antarctica

Ice Warms in Antarctica

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:44:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The wild west of Antarctica has many thinning glaciers such as the huge Getz Ice Shelf, the Pine Island Glacier, and the Thwaites Glacier. NASA's Ice Bridge Project is now in full production there, showing how this strategic locked-up water is liable to be released quicker than we thought, causing higher sea levels worldwide.

Ice Warms in Antarctica

We don't need no trees

We don't need no trees

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Trees could be redundant as far as carbon debts are concerned. Together with his artificial tree, Professor Klaus Lackner has been working on carbon absorption for many years. After trying artificial carbonates and storing liquid CO2, he has brought his latest ideas to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Air Capture Week in London.

We don't need no trees

Mystery Object and Three New Planets Found

Mystery Object and Three New Planets Found

Posted Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:21:00 GMT by James Mathews

A discovery of three new planets and a mystery object orbiting with them has been discovered. A international research team have discovered a group of three new planets that are all in orbit around their own dying giant stars. The Hobby-Eberly Telescope was used by the team that is led by an astronomer from Penn state University; they have named the three planets HD 240237, BD +48 738 and HD 96127.

Mystery Object and Three New Planets Found

Supernova RCW 86 Mystery Solved with Spitzer and WISE

Supernova RCW 86 Mystery Solved with Spitzer and WISE

Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:37:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

In AD185, a guest star amused the Chinese astronomers of the time for an eight month spell. One of several supernovae that the advanced civilisation peered at over their history had illuminated their erudite books with heavenly light. In fact, we have known for a while it was RCW 86, but now we have an idea about how far the explosion spread and how a white dwarf was involved.

Supernova RCW 86 Mystery Solved with Spitzer and WISE

Thermo-learning from Nest Labs

Thermo-learning from Nest Labs

Posted Tue, 25 Oct 2011 22:17:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Nest Laboratories at Palo Alto have furthered the Californian ambition to be ahead in all technology. As far as your home comforts are concerned, the learning thermostat has the potential to keep you at your most comfortable when you're there and preserve your bank balance when you're not.

Thermo-learning from Nest Labs

Americans hunted Mastodon

Americans hunted Mastodon

Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

North Americans will be pleased to find that their history has been backdated by 800 years. Texas A&M University researched in Washington State with the help of universities from Colorado, Washington and, of course, Denmark. The research is published in the journal, Science. A mastodon is the original star of the show, found in a pond at the Manis site on the Olympic peninsula.

Americans hunted Mastodon

Low Flying Objects

Low Flying Objects

Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

DASH, short for Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod was a robot investigating stability. Designing a 25 g, 10 cm robot was easy, but they couldn't decide whether it should be a bird or an insect. There was a clue though - it had six legs.

Low Flying Objects

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Bees' immunity as they evolved.

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The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

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Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

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How do we face up to ice loss?

Posted Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:31:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:11:06 GMT by JW Dowey

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

Posted Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Posted Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

John Michael Greer Looks Forward to Our Ecotechnic Future

Posted Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:33:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Flocking genomes! (bird ancestry resolved!)

Posted Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

ESO travel through time with VLT

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:11:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Chameleon aggressive display change

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A brighter, more reliable future with LED lighting

Posted Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:42:33 GMT by Dave Collier

Fantastic ancient fauna precedes mammal evolution

Posted Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:50:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Posted Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

New crash-proof battery is 25% lighter

Posted Thu, 06 Oct 2011 08:11:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:31:00 GMT by Michael Evans

All in the game: online players open up AIDS drug research

Posted Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:18:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts