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  • Peacocks fake sex sounds to attract females

    March 12, 2014 3:51 PM 25

    Peacocks make fake sex sounds to attract females' attention, scientists say. The birds are known for shaking their tail feathers but Canadian researchers have revealed a further sexual tactic. Peacocks have a wide vocabulary of calls, and during mating they make a distinctive hoot. Biologists also recorded males making this sound when out of sight of females

  • U.K. to Shower Money on Three Big Science Projects

    March 12, 2014 3:47 PM 11

    The U.K. government announced nearly £300 million ($500 million) of new investment in large-scale science projects yesterday. The beneficiaries will be a new European neutron source soon to be built in Sweden, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, and an exoplanet-hunting mission by the European Space Agency (ESA). U.K. scientists had thought

  • Scientists launch project to analyse storms

    March 12, 2014 10:59 AM 15

    Last updated Tue 11 Mar 2014 A group of scientists has launched a project to fully analyse the effect of the recent devastating winter storms on coastlines and communities. Britain has had the wettest winter since national records began in 1910, with "energetic" storms that saw gusts of up to 108mph. Lasting for 12 months, the 50,000 study has been launched

  • Revealed: How surfer-photographer captures the precise moment the world's biggest waves break

    March 11, 2014 5:30 PM 20

    Surf photographer Clark Little will ride any wave for the perfect shot, with water crashing onto him from up to 15ft above his head. Pictured below are the stunning photographs taken by the 44-year-old from inside the waves. Mr Little, who lives on Hawaii's North Shore - renowned for its waves and great surf - has been taking photographs from the ocean

  • Richard III campaigners hold rally ahead of judicial review

    March 11, 2014 12:48 PM 21

    10 March 2014 Last updated at 21:38 GMT Campaigners fighting to keep King Richard III's remains in Leicester have formed a human chain around the city's cathedral ahead of the start of a judicial review. Representatives from the University of Leicester will travel to London's High Court on Thursday to fight their case regarding the exhumation licence

  • U.N. climate talks make shaky start to year as procedures questioned

    March 11, 2014 9:25 AM 25

    BONN (Reuters) - U.N. climate negotiations resumed on a shaky footing on Monday as some delegates questioned how the meeting was being run amid calls for more urgency at the talks, which after two years have made scant progress towards a global climate change deal. Diplomats from almost 200 nations gathered in Bonn, Germany, vowed to speed up work towards

  • Skull fragments reveal new ancient crocodile species

    March 11, 2014 8:31 AM 18

    Two fossilised skull fragments from a 2ft (60cm) crocodile found on the Isle of Wight point to the discovery of a new ancient species, a study has found. The pieces - a snout and back part of the skull - were found by different private collectors three months apart. Experts at the Dinosaur Isle museum near Sandown found the 126 million-year-old fragments

  • UK joins 'super-microscope' project

    March 11, 2014 1:01 AM 22

    The UK government has allocated £290m for new international science projects. He will also pledge up to £100m to build the largest telescope ever built in South Africa and Australia. Critics warn that spending on projects that bring economic benefits to the UK must not be at the expense of basic research. Mr Willetts has said that he wants the UK to be at the forefront

  • Anglo-Saxon 'kings' village' discovered in Rendlesham

    March 10, 2014 7:21 PM 21

    Archaeologists believe they have found the site of the royal settlement of the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia. A village at Rendlesham in Suffolk, which would have included a royal hall, was mentioned by the historian the Venerable Bede in the 8th Century. Suffolk's county archaeologists have been studying a 120-acre (50 hectare) area about 5 miles

  • Genghis Khan rode climate change to take over Asia

    March 10, 2014 7:02 PM 32

    Throughout human history, natural climate change has played a role in the rise and fall of civilizations around the world, from the Mayans to the Romans. The empire of Genghis Khan of Mongolia, one of the most notorious characters in world history, was helped by a dramatic rise in rainfall and mild temperatures in central Asia in the early 13th century