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  • 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 49

    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

  • Opinion: Calculating the impact on our wildlife

    December 15, 2013 9:01 AM 127

    The night of Thursday, December 5, 2013, will go down in history as the night that brought the worst storms for 60 years to the coast of East Anglia. As we all know now, homes were flooded, roads blocked and buildings torn down by the power of the tidal surge and winds that hit the shoreline. Many people were affected and the emotional turmoil that the great

  • British 'Space City' Stevenage 'Not A Luxury'

    December 15, 2013 3:31 AM 30

    Britain's space industry is already worth £9bn and has fantastic opportunities for growth, the Science Minister says. Britain's space industry isn't just 'some luxury' and deserves better backing and support, according to Science Minister David Willetts. Mr Willetts said more public money and recognition is needed to give the already hugely successful

  • Rhyl Sun Centre could have closed for the last time

    December 13, 2013 4:27 PM 24

    RHYL'S Iconic Sun Centre could have closed its doors for the final time with the loss of more than 120 jobs. Its operator Clwyd Leisure is in a funding dispute with Denbighshire Council over the attraction which opened in the 1980s. The Nova Centre in Prestatyn and the North Wales Indoor Bowls Centre, both operated by Clwyd Leisure, may have to close

  • Study moves planet Earth safely off the edge of its habitable zone

    December 13, 2013 2:38 PM 26

    The habitable zone around sun-like stars might be a little wider – or thinner – depending on how big you thought the habitable zone was in the first place, suggests new research in the journal Nature. The findings, based on 3-D models of the runaway greenhouse gas effect, may alter the estimated number of habitable planets around sun-like stars in our galaxy

  • Full size dinosaur replica on display in Bristol

    December 13, 2013 2:11 PM 28

    - last updated Fri 13 Dec 2013 The model was made in the city and will now be on permanent display at the Wills Memorial Building. The project was put together by palaeontologists from the University of Bristol. The Thecodontasaurus used to roam the region 210 million years ago. Lots of of its bones have been found in a quarry in South Gloucestershire

  • Small wonder - meet Bristol's own dinosaur

    December 13, 2013 10:03 AM 21

    A LIFE-size replica of a dinosaur that roamed Bristol 210 million years ago was being unveiled today. The recreation of Bristol's very own dinosaur – the Thecodontosaurus – is the culmination of a three-and-a-half-year project which saw the prehistoric creature constructed in front of live audiences at M shed. The two-metre long model – a large part of which

  • Data to expose 'sleeping ice giant'

    December 13, 2013 8:11 AM 25

    Scientists have finally begun mapping one of the least explored regions of Antarctica - the Recovery Catchment. The new survey data should reveal how this vast tract of ice in the east of the continent is likely to respond to a warming world. Recovery is currently perfectly stable, but any change could have significant global impact because it contains

  • Dinosaur asteroid 'sent life to Mars', according to Penn State University research

    December 11, 2013 4:41 PM 26

    US RESEARCHERS say the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may have catapulted life to Mars and the moons of Jupiter. Researchers started by estimating the number of rocks bigger than 3 metres ejected from Earth by major impacts. (Three metres is the minimum they think necessary to shield microbes from the Sun's radiation over a journey lasting up to 10 million

  • Prehistoric man went HOUSE hunting too: Ancestors sought homes near flood plains because they were safe and rich in food

    December 11, 2013 10:02 AM 20

    Hunting for the ideal home in the perfect location that has handy local amenities is not a modern concept. Prehistoric humans living up to 500,000 years ago chose their home with great care and security and nutritional concerns were top of their list when searching for a new place to live, archaeologists said. Homo heidelbergensis mostly chose to live on islands