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  • There is No Such Thing as an Event Horizon

    January 24, 2014 1:26 PM 13

    Stephen Hawking has put forward a new theory about black holes in a paper posted online, which says event horizons – the gravitational pull that makes escape impossible - do not exist. Speaking to Nature magazine, the renowned physicist said that in classic theory, there is no escape from a black hole. Quantum theory, however, allows "energy and information

  • New Forest: Buried WW2 bombing target examined

    January 24, 2014 12:00 AM 9

    Archaeologists are exploring a buried World War 2 target building in the New Forest where the biggest bomb ever dropped by British forces was tested. The Grand Slam, nicknamed Ten Ton Tess, penetrated the ground and sent shockwaves to damage enemy bunkers. It was tested on a concrete structure known as the "Ministry of Home Security Target" at Ashley

  • Brazil dolphin is first new river species since 1918

    January 23, 2014 10:28 AM 52

    Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One. Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of its kind in the world. There are believed to be about 1,000 of the creatures living in the Araguaia river basin. According to the IUCN, there are only four known

  • China media: Firecracker debate

    January 23, 2014 7:09 AM 29

    Media are discussing whether to ban firecrackers to curb pollution or to continue the tradition to celebrate the Spring Festival. The city of Beijing passed a strict anti-pollution law on Wednesday in an "all-out effort" to improve air quality this year, as the capital has been engulfed in thick smog several times in the past few months. The Spring Festival

  • The spider that makes sculptures of ITSELF: Video reveals how arachnid uses leaves and insect corpses to make a giant decoy

    January 23, 2014 1:02 AM 17

    The tiny spider that builds elaborate sculptures of itself from dead insects, debris and leaves has been caught on film. The artful arthropod was spotted in Peru in 2012 and is said to craft these decoys in a bid to fool predators and avoid being eaten. The spider is believed to be a new species of Cyclosa - a genus which includes other sculpting arachnids

  • Scotland Surprisingly Had Glaciers 400 Years Ago

    January 22, 2014 6:24 PM 6

    The last glacier in Scotland may have melted within the last 400 years, not 11,500 years ago as previously believed, new research finds. The Cairngorm Mountains of eastern Scotland are the snowiest part of the Scottish Highlands even today. But previous studies of rocks from around the United Kingdom suggested that the last glaciers vanished from the region

  • Gin firm offers grants in bid to save juniper plants

    January 22, 2014 3:21 PM 13

    22 January 2014 Last updated at 14:54 GMT A gin-making firm is offering grants to those willing to help protect Britain's juniper plants from extinction. Juniper plants, which provide berries used in flavouring gin, have been in decline due to disease and lack of habitat. Gin firm No 3 London now plans to award grants worth thousands of pounds to landowners

  • Fleet the Sussex fox breaks British walking record

    January 22, 2014 1:33 PM 17

    22 January 2014 Last updated at 09:03 GMT A fox has been tracked more than 40 miles (70km) away from its home range, breaking the previous British record. The fox was named Fleet by University of Brighton researchers and fitted with a satellite tagged collar. Scientists were surprised to record Fleet walking a total of 195 miles (315km) as he headed

  • Flood funds gap 'puts 250,000 homes at risk'

    January 22, 2014 1:15 AM 15

    A quarter of a million more homes are expected to face significant flooding by 2035 because of a shortfall in funding, an independent committee says. The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) report says that government is not raising spending in line with projected changes in our climate. The report says spending plans are £500m lower over 25 years than the Environment

  • What an eager beaver! Footage reveals 'extinct' wild creature gnawing on a tree in Devon

    January 21, 2014 2:42 PM 29

    Britain's first wild beaver for 500 years has been caught on camera for a second time - but this time gnawing on a tree in the dead of night. The mammal was first photographed in July last year, but evidence of the its living habits have since been scant. The rare creatures were thought to have been hunted to extinction in the wild, but a retired scientist