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  • Stranded sperm whale found on beach in Kent

    February 21, 2014 2:42 PM 4

    A dead sperm whale has been found on a beach in Kent following reported sightings from members of the public. The Thames Coastguard and marine experts were contacted after a sighting of the 20ft mammal was called in yesterday morning. In a statement which can only be described as ‘Pythonesque' a spokesperson from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue

  • Deer move into the urban jungle: Animals spotted rummaging in people's gardens during dead of night in East London

    February 21, 2014 12:39 AM 7

    They are usually thought of as shy and elusive animals, but now herds of deer have been seen wandering the city. The urban herd of fallow deer, thought to have strayed from Epping Forest, have been photographed roaming east London streets at night, nosing into people’s gardens and trotting past cars. British photographer Sam Hobson, 34, spent hours hiding

  • Dead whale spotted off Isle of Sheppey

    February 20, 2014 3:45 PM 21

    A dead whale has been spotted off the north Kent coast, marine animal rescuers have said. The mammal, reported to be around 20ft (6m) long and either a humpback or sperm whale, was seen off the Shellness area of the Isle of Sheppey earlier. Julia Cable, of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said they were unable to reach the carcass, which has refloated

  • Could lost satellite spark Gravity-style space disaster?

    February 20, 2014 11:22 AM 14

    Award-winning sci-fi thriller Gravity may have been dreamt up in Hollywood, but a team of physics students have claimed a lost satellite could spark a similar space disaster in real-life. In the film, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney experience a really bad in space when a Russian missile strike on a defunct satellite triggers a debris cloud that destroys

  • Great pyramid at Giza vandalized to 'prove' conspiracy theory

    February 20, 2014 8:14 AM 22

    Two German men who visited the Egyptian pyramids in April 2013 now face criminal charges for their attempt to prove their "alternative history" conspiracy theories through vandalism. The men, Dominique Goerlitz and Stefan Erdmann, were joined by a third German, a filmmaker who accompanied them to document their "discoveries." The men were allowed to enter

  • Bumblebees infected with honeybee diseases

    February 19, 2014 6:16 PM 14

    Researchers have found that two diseases harboured by honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees. Insects infected with deformed wing virus and a fungal parasite called Nosema ceranae were found across England, Scotland and Wales. Writing in the journal Nature, the team says that beekeepers should keep their honeybees as free from disease as possible

  • New arrival at Flamingo Land

    February 19, 2014 5:32 PM 25

    Last updated Wed 19 Feb 2014 The youngster was born last Thursday to mum Abi and dad Baxter, but has yet to be named. The two-humped Bactrian camels which are critically endangered and found in the Gobi desert in Asia. Despite there being numerous domesticated camels, the Bactrian camel population is less than 1,000, with around 600 individuals in China

  • Cern considers building huge physics machine

    February 19, 2014 1:22 PM 95

    The possibility of building an underground "atom-smasher" four times the size of the Large Hadron Collider is to be explored by experts. The decision follows a high level meeting of scientists last week in Geneva, near the European particle physics centre, Cern. It would reach to the Alps in the east, the Jura mountains in the west and even go under

  • Erdos puzzle solved? Computer works out elusive maths riddle (but its calculations are so complex, no human can check if it's correct)

    February 19, 2014 12:23 PM 18

    More than 80 years ago, a mathematician posed a problem so complex even the brightest mathematical minds working together have been unable to solve it. Now scientists from Liverpool claim to have cracked the Erdos Discrepancy Problem (EDP) using a computer, yet the resulting calculations are so complicated no human has been able to verify it. In fact, the data generated

  • Farmland butterflies bounce back

    February 19, 2014 1:38 AM 25

    Farmland butterflies have flourished thanks to last year's hot summer, charity Butterfly Conservation say. The annual Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey (WCBS) recorded almost double the number of insects compared with the previous year. Long, sunny periods provided perfect breeding conditions for some of the UK's brightest species, it suggested