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  • Mushrooms create their own WEATHER: Fungi alter nearby air humidity to create 'winds' that spread their spores far and wide

    November 25, 2013 3:32 PM 40

    Mushrooms have an extraordinary ability to control the weather, scientists have learned. By altering the moisture of the air around them, they are able to whip up winds that blow away their spores and help them disperse. Plants use a variety of methods to spread seeds, including gravity, forceful ejection, wind, water and animals. Mushrooms have long been thought

  • Merseyside red squirrels show signs of pox resistance

    November 25, 2013 11:10 AM 51

    25 November 2013 Last updated at 07:34 GMT Red squirrels at a National Trust reserve in Formby have shown the first signs of resistance to the pox virus that has blighted the species, say researchers. Scientists from the University of Liverpool has studied the squirrels at the site for the last four years. They found that 10% of the squirrels had pox antibodies

  • 'Comet Of Century Has Much Margin For Error'

    November 24, 2013 2:39 AM 273

    Astronomers hoped that Ison would put on a spectacular show - but now say the comet could fizzle out before it completes its trip. A comet which is hurtling towards the sun may not live up to its expectations of becoming one of the "brightest for a century", say experts. Comet Ison is due to graze the surface of the sun at the end of the month and astronomers

  • 'Comet Of The Century Has Margin For Error'

    November 24, 2013 2:11 AM 269

    Astronomers hoped that ISON would put on a spectacular show - but now say the comet could fizzle out before it completes its trip. A comet which is hurtling towards the sun may not live up to its expectations of becoming one of the "brightest for a century", say experts. Comet ISON is due to graze the surface of the sun at the end of the month and astronomers

  • Dead Minke whale washed up on Magilligan Point beach

    November 22, 2013 4:03 PM 56

    A nine-metre long Minke whale has died after being washed up on a County Londonderry beach. The dead whale was discovered at Magilligan Point, close to Magilligan Ranges on Tuesday. A Ministry of Defence (MOD) spokesman said the MOD had taken "all appropriate actions" and had liaised with HM Coastguard and Limavady Borough Council. Pádraig Whooley from the Irish

  • Fred Kavli dies at 86; businessman gave millions to research

    November 22, 2013 3:48 PM 68

    The Norwegian immigrant, who also donated to several nonprofits, hoped to fund scientific research to move the 'border of knowledge' forward. Nobel prizes in science often go to researchers of an advanced age — many are retired by the time the call comes from Oslo saying they've won. Fred Kavli, a Norwegian immigrant who got rich from a business he founded

  • Ancient board game piece unearthed at Lyminge dig

    November 22, 2013 7:00 AM 116

    A 7th Century board game piece, the first discovery of its kind for 130 years, has been unearthed in Kent by University of Reading archaeologists. Researchers believe the hollow bone cylinder found at the Lyminge dig belongs to an early backgammon or draughts-type games set. It was found in the remains of an Anglo-Saxon royal hall where board games were traditionally

  • Post graduate training cash for scientists set out

    November 22, 2013 2:08 AM 62

    More than 3,500 post graduates will be trained in engineering and science under a £350m scheme announced by the government. The money will go to 70 new "Centres for Doctoral Training" being set up at 24 universities across the UK. Universities Minister David Willetts says the centres demonstrate strong partnerships between universities, industry and business

  • Green groups quit Warsaw climate talks over lack of progress

    November 21, 2013 2:13 PM 68

    WARSAW (Reuters) - Several major environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF, have walked out of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw in protest at what they see as a lack of progress towards an international deal to curb rising global greenhouse gas emissions. More than 9,000 representatives from about 195 countries are gathered in the Polish capital

  • Origin of Stonehenge's blue stones revealed - but experts still don’t know how they travelled 160 miles from South Wales

    November 21, 2013 12:07 AM 42

    Archaeologists trying to uncover the mystery of Stonehenge have been digging around the wrong hill for almost a century. Teams of archaeologists have spent the past 90 years scouring the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire to find the source of the prehistoric monument's iconic 'blue stones'. Scientists believed the 11 stones used to construct the ancient