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  • Whale stranded on beach at Abergele, Conwy

    December 9, 2013 3:33 PM 12

    Emergency services are assessing how to deal with a whale stranded off a Conwy beach. Holyhead coastguard said they were alerted to the situation at Abergele at about 14:00 GMT on Monday. Coastguards said the whale, believed to be a minke, is about 10ft (3m) from the shoreline.

  • ‘Digital gophers’ solve Mima mound mystery

    December 9, 2013 12:34 PM 13

    The mystery of one of the strangest landscape features on the planet - Mima mounds - has been solved, scientists say. These geological anomalies are circular hillocks that cover great swathes of land. But scientists have been puzzled about what causes them. Now new research suggests that tiny burrowing animals are their architects. Mima mounds, which

  • Isle of Coll secures 'dark isle' status

    December 9, 2013 11:08 AM 10

    A Scots island island has secured "dark skies" status, meaning it is one of the best stargazing locations in the UK. Coll, in the Inner Hebrides, is the second area in Scotland to be recognised - behind Galloway Forest Park - and the sixth in the UK. The island has no street lighting and is relatively free of light pollution found in built up urban areas

  • The dark universe is a 'puzzle with missing pieces'

    December 9, 2013 9:52 AM 17

    9 December 2013 Last updated at 08:43 GMT The discovery of the Higgs boson particle, for which Peter Higgs is to receive a Nobel Prize for Physics, marks the completion of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. However, US cosmologist Professor Paul Halpern told the Today programme's Tom Feilden that this model is a "puzzle with many missing pieces"

  • Lego's help student build future careers - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

    December 8, 2013 1:13 AM 26

    Lego's may seem like child's play, but their also building blocks to a future career. First Lego League is a world-wide robotics program. It's goal is to get kids, ages 9 to 14, excited about the world of science and technology. This year's challenge was Nature's Fury, exploring what can happen when a natural disaster strikes a community. On Saturday

  • Home of the Lord of the Rings hobbits ‘just like Leicestershire’

    December 7, 2013 3:03 PM 9

    Living in Leicestershire is just like being in Lord of the Rings novel, scientists have claimed. University of Bristol researchers claimed the Shire, which is home to the hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, would have similar weather to the British county if it really existed. ‘This work is a bit of fun, but it does have a serious side,’ said expert Dr Dan Lunt. However

  • Researcher testing effect of dust storms on human life

    December 7, 2013 2:44 AM 19

    ORLANDO - A Florida researcher is preparing to test massive dust storms in the upper atmosphere that roll in from Africa to see whether pathogens raining down on the state could be responsible for plant, animal or human disease. University of Florida aerobiologist Andrew Schuerger said his air sampling device mounted under the wing of an F-104 Starfighter

  • Couple spends first four months of marriage tending to baby seals

    December 6, 2013 4:04 PM 19

    Couple Eddie Stebbings and Bee Bueche are 'wildlife wardens' who spent the first four months of their marriage tending to baby Atlantic grey seals on Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast during the birthing season. A newlywed couple was stranded on a remote island three miles from the mainland when a giant bull seal climbed into its inflatable dinghy

  • The secret structure of the sun: Nasa maps enormous, swirling plasma flows to reveal inner workings of the star

    December 6, 2013 12:41 PM 11

    Scientists have long-predicted the sun contains giant cell structures, 15 times the diameter of Earth. But despite their huge size, the massive structures have, up until now, eluded researchers. In the convective zone, which is the outermost 30 per cent of the sun, rising plasma carries heat generated by nuclear fusion in the sun’s centre. The denser

  • What happened to the 'comet of the century'? Nasa begins search for fragments of ISON after close encounter with the sun

    December 6, 2013 11:57 AM 27

    When the ‘comet of the century’ ISON swung perilously close to the sun last month, scientists were left stumped as to whether it had survived. Most astronomers now believe that the comet was destroyed by solar heat with Nasa stating a 90 per cent chance of this having happened. What they believe now remains from its original 0.62 mile (1km) nucleus are 10 metre