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UK Government Accused Of Being Complacent Over Arctic Drilling
2013-07-29 05:00:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The UK government has been accused by a coalition of environmental advocates of failing to protect the Arctic from oil and gas drilling, allowing projects to commence without performing adequate risk assessment. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have accused the coalition government of "complacently standing by" while drilling projects commence despite the...

BBC Examines How To Get To Mars
2013-07-24 12:18:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This weekend, BBC News and Imperial College London will treat BBC viewers to a five-part television series depicting how a manned mission to Mars might unfold. The mini-series, titled "How to put a human on Mars," examines the many challenges of the such a mission, including creating artificial gravity to prevent muscle atrophy, protecting astronauts from solar radiation, and landing the crew and other assets on the Martian...

New Book Identifies Most Controversial Wikipedia Topics
2013-07-18 13:06:58

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Warning, this article may be heavily edited. The preview of a new book reveals the top ten topics that spark "edit wars" on Wikipedia. "The most controversial topics on Wikipedia: A multilingual and geographic analysis," written by Taha Yasseri, Anselm Spoerri, Mark Graham and Janos Kertesz; posted a draft chapter of a book that is to be published next year by Scarecrow Press. The forthcoming book was written by a team of researchers...

Swedish Museum Exhibit Allows Visitors To Virtually Unwrap Mummies
2013-06-30 08:25:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ever wanted to peel back the layers and see just what a mummy looks like beneath the layers of linen? Starting next year, a museum in Sweden will allow you to do just that -- virtually, that is. The Medelhavsmuseet, a museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities located in Stockholm, is planning to digitize its museum collection in 3D, according to BBC News reports published on Friday. The digitization process will...

LHC Upgrade Could Create A New Physics
2013-04-03 11:39:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Engineers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Cern, Switzerland have begun the process of upgrading. The $105-million upgrade should double the potential energy of what is already the world's most powerful particle accelerator. BBC News reports that the scientists believe the upgrade will enable them to discover more new particles like the Higgs boson discovery last year that will lead to a more complete theory of how the Universe...

James Cameron Donates Submarine On One-Year Anniversary Of Mariana Trench Dive
2013-03-27 10:02:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On the one-year anniversary of legendary filmmaker/director James Cameron´s descent to the bottom of the world, the submarine he used to make that solo descent — a nearly 7 mile journey to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — is being donated to science. Cameron, famed director of the blockbuster movies “Titanic” and “Avatar,” told BBC News that he would be donating his...

EU Bee Protection Ban On Pesticides Fails To Pass
2013-03-17 08:08:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online European Union (EU) nations have failed to agree on proposals that would have banned three pesticides reportedly linked to the decline of the global bee population. According to the BBC, a recent report from the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has concluded the substances in question posed a “high acute risk” to the pollinating insects. The EU´s executive body, the European Commission, had been...

Hackers Are Getting Younger These Days
2013-02-08 11:15:26

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online To be honest, we all should have seen this coming. According to BBC News, AVG´s Virus Labs have discovered that children as young as 11 years old have been writing malicious code to hack into other systems. Unsurprisingly, these young children are using this code to hack into online gaming networks in order to steal digital currency used in the games as well as extra tools and weapons to help them progress through the...

DNA Proves Remains Belong To King Richard III
2013-02-04 04:35:04

[ Watch the Video: The Search For King Richard III ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online DNA testing has proven “beyond reasonable doubt” that human remains discovered beneath a parking lot in the East Midlands region of England are those of King Richard III, UK scientists announced on Monday. The skeleton, which was discovered last September in the foundations of an old church in Leicester, matched the DNA of descendants of the 15th century...

Dinosaur Fossil Challenges Bird Evolution Theory
2013-01-25 04:10:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A recently discovered dinosaur fossil believed to pre-date those from which birds were believed to have evolved could drastically change current theories on the origins of flight, according to a new UK study. According to BBC News, the fossil comes from a feathered-but-flightless dinosaur that was less than a foot in length and lived approximately 140 million years ago. The creature, which has been dubbed the Eosinopteryx, would...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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