Home » Archives by category » SCIENCE (Page 2)

Cassini skims Saturn’s atmosphere

Cassini skims Saturn’s atmosphere

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech Image caption Cassini will “dip its toes” into the atmosphere during the final passes The Cassini probe has begun the final phase of its mission to Saturn. The satellite has executed the first of five ultra-close passes of the giant world, dipping down far enough to brush through the top of the […]

‘Impressive’ Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

‘Impressive’ Perseid meteor shower seen over UK

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meteors captured above the Jill Windmill in West Sussex early on Sunday The Perseid meteor shower has been seen over parts of the UK, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. The shower was due to peak in the UK on Saturday night, in […]

Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

Perseid meteor shower set to peak at weekend

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Perseid meteor flashes across the night sky above Corfe Castle, in Dorset, in 2016 The Perseid meteor shower will peak over the weekend, giving stargazers the opportunity to spot scores of shooting stars in the sky. Astronomers say hundreds of meteors will streak across the sky in a […]

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Image copyright YOSHIKAZU TSUNO Image caption Goldfish and their relatives have the ability to turn lactic acid into alcohol Scientists have decoded the secrets behind a goldfish’s ability to survive in ice-covered lakes. They’ve worked out how and why the fish turn lactic acid in their bodies into alcohol, as a means of staying alive. […]

Anger over ‘untrue’ climate change claims

Anger over ‘untrue’ climate change claims

Image copyright Dan Kitwood Image caption Former Chancellor Lord Lawson’s claims on climate change have been challenged by scientists Scientists have responded furiously to claims about climate change made in a live BBC radio interview. Experts told BBC News that the assertions made by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson on Radio 4’s Today programme were simply […]

Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods

Climate change has shifted the timing of European floods

Image copyright ASI/Land Tirol/BH Landeck Image caption A summertime flood in the Austrian Tyrol in 2005 Climate change has had a significant impact on the timing of river floods across Europe over the past 50 years, according to a new study. In some regions, such as southern England, floods are now occurring 15 days earlier […]

Giant dinosaur slims down… a bit

Giant dinosaur slims down… a bit

Image copyright AFP Image caption A cast went on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York So, it wasn’t quite as big as they first thought, but the dimensions of the colossal dinosaur unearthed in Argentina in 2014 still take your breath away. Its fossil bones suggested at the time the […]

US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

US report confirms 2016 as warmest year on record

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Global warming has long-term effects for the world’s farmers A report compiled by a US government agency has confirmed that 2016 was the warmest year on record and the third year in a row of record global warmth. The heat was the result of long-term global warming and a […]

Exposure to oil sends birds off course

Exposure to oil sends birds off course

Image copyright MOira McKernan Even light exposure to oil from disasters like the Deep Water Horizon oil spill makes flying more difficult for birds, a study has revealed. US biologists used homing pigeons to test the potential impacts of oil spills on birds’ flight. “Lightly oiled” pigeons, they found, veered off course and took longer […]

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Image copyright Trustees of the NHM Image caption The bones were also chewed but these are not teeth marks A series of zig-zag marks on a human bone found in a UK cave is evidence of a cannibalistic ritual that took place some 15,000 years ago. Scientists have long recognised that cannibals operated at Gough’s […]