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  • Zebra stripes mystery 'explained'

    December 17, 2013 11:16 AM 32

    Zebras' bold stripes protect the animals by masking their movements, according to a study. The conspicuous colours do not blend in to the background and scientists have theorised they developed to dazzle predators. Using computer models, researchers confirmed the markings create optical illusions when the animals move. They suggest this confusion helps

  • CESAR, CERN's Ancestor To Large Hadron Collider, Was Turned On 50 Years Ago Today

    December 17, 2013 10:01 AM 41

    Nobel laureate Professor Peter Higgs at the Science Museum, London, ahead of the opening of the the museum's new "Collider" exhibition, which gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Cern particle physics laboratory in Geneva. FILE - In this March 22, 2007 file picture, the magnet core of the world's largest

  • A closer look at high quality graphene wafers being made using beetle technology

    December 16, 2013 5:15 PM 34

    Many beetles, like ladybirds, have the ability to stick to things as they walk underwater. They can do this by trapping tiny bubbles within hair-like structures on their feet. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have used a similar bubble trick to develop a way to make high quality graphene films. Their new technique is the first which

  • Banana Fungus, Insect Outbreak Threaten Global Supply

    December 16, 2013 4:22 PM 41

    Banana lovers better satiate their appetites now. The world's supply of the fruit is under attack. According to Scientific American, strains of a particular soil fungus -- Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, or Foc -- have struck a key variety of banana grown for export in Mozambique and Jordan. Scientists fear that if the banana fungus spreads further

  • The Climate Change Act will do untold damage to British industry

    December 16, 2013 4:03 PM 43

    ‘A very good deal for Britain,’ is how Ed Davey described the contract with EDF and Chinese backers to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, when it was signed back in October. Yesterday, it became clear just how wrong the energy secretary was when Ineos chief Jim Ratcliffe revealed on the BBC that his company has just agreed

  • Island message from space commander

    December 16, 2013 3:48 PM 33

    The space commander who took a photograph of the Isle of Wight from the International Space Station has sent a special message. He sent a message to Islanders during a book signing in Piccadilly, London, yesterday (Sunday).

  • Thinking inside the box: £10,000 cube home takes just FOUR hours to build

    December 16, 2013 2:14 PM 34

    The compact house doesn't even need planning permission A university boffin has created what he believes is a solution to the UK's looming housing crisis - ­ a three-storey flat pack home. Dr Mike Page has created the QB2 'cube house', which measures 3m tall and 4m wide, and can sleep up to two people. The house is said to be as easy to put together

  • How wifi could be killing your plants:  Experiment finds that shrubs die when placed next to wireless routers

    December 16, 2013 2:05 PM 39

    A group of schoolgirls claims to have made a scientific breakthrough that shows wifi signals could damage your health – by experimenting with cress. In a twist on the traditional science project of growing cress on a paper plate, the 15-year-olds set out to test whether mobile phone signals could be harmful. However, because they were not able to monitor

  • Broadcasters pan Ofcom over white space disruption to Freeview

    December 16, 2013 11:07 AM 30

    The broadcasters said that the proposals could interrupt viewing for millions of Freeview households. The regulator intends to use these gaps in the spectrum used to broadcast Freeview channels for a range of wireless services. In October, Ofcom launched a pilot scheme alongside 20 companies, including BT, Microsoft and Google, to test potential uses for the white

  • In no mood for mercy: Crocodiles savage helpless zebra foal after it slipped when crossing river with its herd

    December 15, 2013 9:55 PM 51

    This is the horrific moment a zebra foal fell prey to a float of crocodiles after stumbling at the last minute crossing the Mara River in Kenya. The frail youngster had waited with the rest of its herd until it was safe to cross the stream. But when they finally took the plunge, the foal lost his footing in the deeper water and became isolated from the group