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December 19, 2018 6:03 PM Loch Ness Monster mystery SOLVED? Historian’s NEW photo APPROVED by sightings register

A GRAINY image of a bird-like creature with a four-foot long neck has led a top military historian to announce the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster has finally been solved. Ricky D Phillips was in the middle of conducting a tour of the famous Scottish loch when a beast with a long neck matching the description of the mystical creature emerged out of the freezing 63

December 15, 2018 12:41 PM Chester Zoo fire: Wildlife park home to 21,000 animals EVACUATED – 'It's very upsetting'

CHESTER Zoo has been evacuated after a fire broke out in the Monsoon Forest habitat area. Visitors were forced to flee after black smoke was seen spreading across the popular attraction in the north-west just after noon. "We had two rapid response vehicles and one ambulance on the scene, all of which cleared as there were no patients," she said. "There 49

December 14, 2018 2:56 PM Your pictures on the theme of 'opposites'

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week it is "opposites". Elaine Farrell: "Photo taken in a tunnel in Amsterdam. One side is for pedestrians, the other for cyclists. The pedestrian side is tiled and throws off amazing light, while the opposite is dark and industrial in look. The dark arc of tile on the right really 202

December 3, 2018 2:15 PM Phrases like 'bringing home the bacon' will go out of fashion as veganism grows, says academic

A language expert says rising concerns about animal welfare will prompt "inevitable" changes in the English language. Such expressions - which Dr Shareena Hamzah of Swansea University said came from the "power" associated with meat - would go out of fashion as awareness of vegan issues "filter through our consciousness to produce new modes of expression" 46

December 2, 2018 8:41 AM Fears for future of struggling capercaillie

FEARS are growing for the future of the capercaillie after a new report showed a 50 per cent decline in numbers over the past 25 years. The world’s largest grouse became extinct in Scotland in 1785 but was revitalised when stock from Sweden was introduced into Perthshire in 1837. By the 1970s, the population had grown to around 20,000, but a 2004 survey 41

October 30, 2018 12:53 PM Budget spending hike 'a bit of a gamble' warns IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the Chancellor would be "thanking his lucky stars" that improved forecasts from the independent fiscal watchdog had delivered the additional firepower needed to deliver the boost - mainly focused on the NHS - without having to raise taxes. But the think-tank's director Paul Johnson warned that if this deteriorated 109

October 12, 2018 4:26 PM Royal Society of Biology reveals Photographer of the Year 2018

Striking images of a leopard gecko and intricately-patterned autumnal leaves have won the Royal Society of Biology's Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year competitions. The theme of Patterns in Nature attracted entries exploring forms, sequences and structures in the natural world, with entries ranging from microscopic symmetries 93

October 6, 2018 10:45 AM Space warning as solar storm on DIRECT HIT with Earth TOMORROW

The event has just been upgraded from a G1 to a G2 class geomagnetic storm and could mess with spacecraft navigation, damage transformers, and wreak havoc with migrating birds’ sense of direction. Solar wind escaping from a hole in the sun’s atmosphere will travel through space to reach Earth tomorrow and build in intensity on October 8. A NASA observatory 106

October 4, 2018 4:00 PM Minnesota town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds

A US town has warned its residents not to be too concerned about drunk-looking birds stumbling around town. Police in the northern Minnesota town of Gilbert say they have received reports of birds "flying into windows, cars and acting confused". The intoxicated state of the birds is due to berries fermenting ahead of time due to an earlier than usual 40

September 27, 2018 9:30 AM Ex On The Beach’s Matty B Admits He ‘Doesn’t Hold Grudges’ After That Awkward Kick-Off With Daisy Robins’ Ex Sam Ellerington

Last night’s episode of Ex On The Beach saw the singletons feeling a little bit confused as Matty B and new arrival Sam Ellerington - who is Daisy Robins’ ex - have a SERIOUSLY awkward kick-off about some comments made in a group chat back home, and whether or not a watch was fake. After slating each other over the table after Sam entered the villa 224