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  • EPSRC calls for more CDT cash

    November 28, 2013 9:55 AM 24

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is hoping that the “overwhelming” quality of applications to run centres for doctoral training will convince the government to release extra funding for them. David Willetts, the universities and science minister, announced a £350 million investment in 72 new CDTs at a launch event at the BT Tower

  • Meet SAR-401, the Russian 'astrobot' that could be working aboard the International Space Station as soon as next year

    November 28, 2013 7:50 AM 44

    He might look like an extra member of Daft Punk, but Russia’s robot humanoid is set to be joining astronauts aboard the International Space Station as early as next year. Scientists at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre in Star City Centre, just outside Moscow, have shown off their creation, called SAR-401. Russia is working on its own version of Nasa’s

  • New species of wild cat identified in Brazil

    November 27, 2013 5:12 PM 20

    A new species of wild cat has been identified in South America by using molecular markers, researchers claim. By comparing DNA sequences, the team revealed that two populations of tigrina in Brazil do not interbreed and are evolutionarily distinct. Results also show the two populations have contrasting interactions with the closely related pampas cat and Geoffroy's

  • Birth and death of stars captured by Very Large Telescope

    November 27, 2013 12:08 PM 152

    A new image has captured the birth and death of stars in one of our closest galactic neighbours - the Large Magellanic Cloud. It also shows the remnants a supernova explosion caused by the death of a massive star that has run out of fuel. Located about 163,000 light-years away, the LMC is visible with the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere. The detailed

  • Countdown to Gaia's lift-off begins: European spacecraft will soon embark on journey to map a BILLION stars and discover the secrets of dark matter

    November 26, 2013 7:25 PM 31

    A European probe that will map more than a billion stars in 3D is set to revolutionise astronomy, according to scientists, who have announced the start of its launch countdown. British scientists and engineers have played key roles in the design and construction of the two billion pound spacecraft, called Gaia. The two-tonne robot is due to be blasted

  • Why Seahorses Are Shaped Like Horses

    November 26, 2013 4:01 PM 30

    The seahorse head's shape helps the fish stealthily ambush prey, researchers say. Seahorses are unique among fish for having bent necks and long-snouted heads that make them resemble horses. The overall shape of their body, including the lack of a tail fin, helps make them "one of the slowest swimmers on the planet," said Brad Gemmell, a marine biologist

  • Bizarre Sea Creature Caught Off Miami Beach

    November 26, 2013 2:10 PM 22

    November 25, 2013 4:42 PM MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – A rarely seen sea creature that normally lives at the depths of the ocean has been snagged by Captain Mark Quartiano, better known as Mark the Shark. The odd-looking creature was caught off Miami Beach. According to Quarantino, who posted the photograph in his Instagram account over the weekend, the huge beast

  • Higgs boson book scoops Royal Society prize

    November 25, 2013 9:10 PM 32

    A book telling the story of the hunt for the elusive Higgs Boson has won the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize. Theoretical physicist Sean Carroll scoops the £25,000 prize for his book The Particle at the End of the Universe. His work beat five other titles that ranged across topics that broadly focussed on life in its many forms and its internal workings

  • New Study Finds U.S. Has Greatly Underestimated Methane Emissions

    November 25, 2013 8:01 PM 42

    A comprehensive new study of atmospheric levels of methane, an important greenhouse gas released by leaky oil and gas operations and livestock, has found much higher levels over the United States than those estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency and an international greenhouse gas monitoring effort. [The paper, "Anthropogenic emissions of methane

  • Second dead minke whale washes up on Norfolk beach

    November 25, 2013 6:43 PM 26

    Continue reading the main story A second minke whale has washed up on a beach in Norfolk, days after a first was discovered. The 6m (19ft) whale was found on Sea Palling beach, on Norfolk's eastern coast, at about 09:30 GMT. A spokesman for North Norfolk District Council said the whale, which was found by the coastguard, was "thought to have been dead when it was washed