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  • Skeleton of the rare diplodocus dinosaur sold at auction for $651,000 – InSerbia News

    November 29, 2013 2:46 PM 46

    The skeleton of a diplodocus dinosaur that lived in what is now the United States some 160 million years ago was sold for $651,100 to an unidentified public institution at an auction in the UK. Misty, as the dinosaur was nicknamed, will later be put on public display, the auctioneers said. It was found by the teenage sons of German dinosaur hunter Raimund

  • Archaeologists unearth a medieval mass grave next to Durham Cathedral - but are baffled by 'unusual' arrangement of bodies

    November 29, 2013 1:54 PM 39

    Archaeologists have uncovered grim evidence of a centuries-old mass grave next to Durham Cathedral. Experts from Durham University carrying out digs on the city’s World Heritage Site have discovered the remains of many more human bodies. Digs earlier this month found four bodies - a figure which has now risen to 18. The team members first thought they had uncovered

  • Wildlife charity welcomes new marine protection

    November 29, 2013 11:32 AM 53

    Northumberland Wildlife Trust has welcomed the the Government’s confirmation of the immediate designation of 27 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ). The Trust lauded it as a first step towards the creation of a network so absolutely vital to ensure the healthy future of our seas. Three of the 27 MCZs are off the Northumberland coast – Aln Estuary, Rock Unique

  • Giant prehistoric toilet unearthed

    November 28, 2013 5:42 PM 49

    A gigantic "communal latrine" created at the dawn of the dinosaurs has been unearthed in Argentina. Thousands of fossilised poos left by rhino-like megaherbivores were found clustered together, scientists say. The 240-million-year-old site is the "world's oldest public toilet" and the first evidence that ancient reptiles shared collective dumping grounds

  • European Space Agency sets a path for big space science

    November 28, 2013 1:58 PM 38

    Europe has fixed a broad plan for the big space science missions it will launch over the next two decades. It will likely lead to a large X-ray telescope being launched in 2028, and to an orbiting observatory to detect gravitational waves going up in 2034. They join a mission already approved known as Juice, which will see a big satellite sent to observe

  • EPSRC calls for more CDT cash

    November 28, 2013 9:55 AM 36

    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 57

    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 34

    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 165

    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 51

    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