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Volunteers needed to sniff out untold stories of those who kept Britain running

Long ago, steam trains ruled Britain’s railways. Railways, many of them small, were the driving force behind Britain’s industrial revolution, keeping docks, factories, mines and quarries humming with activity, and serving villages and…

Scientists orchestrate a symphony of the stars

A new stellar library has been created by UK and US scientists to, for the first time, give us a window of understanding on to our and other galaxies. Astronomers from the Sloan…

Dark Energy Survey completes six-year mission

After scanning in depth about a quarter of the southern skies for six years and cataloguing hundreds of millions of distant galaxies, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) will finish taking data tomorrow, on…

Asian mussel confirmed on British beaches

An Asian mussel named after a British naval officer has found its way to Britain and is making itself at home on southern beaches, according to new research. Peter Barfield, a marine scientist…

Fitness clothing reduces bump bounce in pregnancy

Specialist fitness clothing for pregnant women can reduce bounce of the ‘bump’ by half, even when running, according to new research. The study was carried out by leading experts in the biomechanics of…

Heart patients need kindness as much as medical intervention

Heart attack patients can suffer substantial emotional trauma once the medics have finished making their bodies better, according to new research. The emotional whiplash can range from phobia about moving in case their…

Spectacular flying reptiles soared over Britain’s tropical Jurassic past

Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks a palaeontology student’s PhD research. Dr Michael O’Sullivan, at the University of Portsmouth, has uncovered…

Scientists to explore future use of bacteria based active agents

Biosurfactants with the ability to replace harmful petroleum based surfactants in everyday products are a step closer to becoming the norm. Dr Pattanathu Rahman from the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at…

Reusing waste products to improve soil cultivation and reduce CO2 emissions

The University of Portsmouth is playing a major role in a European project using agricultural and fisheries waste to develop sustainable methods and products to improve greenhouse food crop production and reduce CO2…

British scientists to help protect Arctic

British scientists have been set what could be one of the hardest puzzles ever set – to find a way of balancing a growing need for oil and gas and a desire for…

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