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  • Ancient board game piece unearthed at Lyminge dig

    November 22, 2013 7:00 AM 81

    A 7th Century board game piece, the first discovery of its kind for 130 years, has been unearthed in Kent by University of Reading archaeologists. Researchers believe the hollow bone cylinder found at the Lyminge dig belongs to an early backgammon or draughts-type games set. It was found in the remains of an Anglo-Saxon royal hall where board games were traditionally

  • Post graduate training cash for scientists set out

    November 22, 2013 2:08 AM 25

    More than 3,500 post graduates will be trained in engineering and science under a £350m scheme announced by the government. The money will go to 70 new "Centres for Doctoral Training" being set up at 24 universities across the UK. Universities Minister David Willetts says the centres demonstrate strong partnerships between universities, industry and business

  • Green groups quit Warsaw climate talks over lack of progress

    November 21, 2013 2:13 PM 29

    WARSAW (Reuters) - Several major environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF, have walked out of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw in protest at what they see as a lack of progress towards an international deal to curb rising global greenhouse gas emissions. More than 9,000 representatives from about 195 countries are gathered in the Polish capital

  • Origin of Stonehenge's blue stones revealed - but experts still don’t know how they travelled 160 miles from South Wales

    November 21, 2013 12:07 AM 11

    Archaeologists trying to uncover the mystery of Stonehenge have been digging around the wrong hill for almost a century. Teams of archaeologists have spent the past 90 years scouring the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire to find the source of the prehistoric monument's iconic 'blue stones'. Scientists believed the 11 stones used to construct the ancient

  • Ancient DNA from Siberian boy links Europe and America

    November 20, 2013 6:02 PM 15

    Scientists have mapped the genome of a four-year-old boy who died in south-central Siberia 24,000 years ago. The results provide a window into the origins of Native Americans, whose ancestors crossed from Siberia into the New World during the last Ice Age. They suggest about a third of Native American ancestry came from an ancient population related

  • The G77+China Group Walks Out of Negotiations on Loss and Damage

    November 20, 2013 1:59 PM 14

    The G77+China group of 133 countries has earlier warned that they would walk out of negotiations on Loss and Damage if the rich countries do not change their mind on the same. But it seems that the latter party have not relent and that made The G77+China group to walk out of the negotiations. The rich countries and especially the US, Australia and Canada

  • Frederick Sanger: Double Nobel Prize winner dies at 95

    November 20, 2013 12:59 PM 30

    Frederick Sanger, the British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize, has died at the age of 95. Fellow researchers have described him as "one of the greatest scientists of any generation" and as "a real hero" of British science. He is considered the "father of genomics" after pioneering methods to work out the exact sequence of the building blocks

  • A Conversation With: British Climate Economist Lord Nicholas Stern

    November 19, 2013 4:37 PM 14

    WARSAW, Poland — Even as the annual United Nations climate change conference is nearing its end on Friday, negotiations are obstructed by longstanding disputes over responsibilities of combating the crisis. Developing countries want rich countries to shoulder the burden of reducing greenhouse gases and providing finances in view of their historical emissions

  • Scotland can still take climate change lead says minister

    November 18, 2013 10:30 AM 19

    Scotland's environment minister has insisted the country can still provide global leadership on climate change. Paul Wheelhouse is in Warsaw attending the United Nations climate change conference, with heads of state and ministers from almost 200 countries. His vow comes despite Scotland failing to meet its own targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions