Latest Britain Stories

2010-04-30 11:00:00

LOS ANGELES, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- VisitBritain, the national tourist office for England, Scotland and Wales, invites travelers to visit the British sites that set the stage for this year's epic action-adventure from director Ridley Scott, Robin Hood, starring Oscar-winners® Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, in theaters May 14, 2010. VisitBritain has just launched a Robin Hood-themed microsite, www.visitbritain.us/robinhood, which offers in-depth itineraries,...

2010-04-22 12:06:00

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospital for Special Care announced today the launch of the region's first Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinical Trials Unit at its Neuromuscular Center. The new unit will be headed by Jinsy A. Andrews, M.D., a physician researcher recruited from Columbia University. Dr. Andrews, Director of Research & Clinical Trials Unit, Hospital for Special Care, specializes in neuromuscular research and will facilitate the hospital's first...

2010-03-30 08:27:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SGN, a leader in cutting-edge social mobile gaming, today announced the launch of its Skies of Glory -- Battle of Britain App for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. The app includes dozens of in-game items and features previously only available via micro-transactions because, for a limited time, players who buy the app will save substantially on these add-ons. Passionate pilots can now receive the Battle of Britain campaign bundle, which...

2010-03-25 09:15:00

POOLE, England, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Gordon Brown unveiled his plans for Britain's digital future earlier this week, with the goal of making Britain the leader in the digital economy by 2020. Henry Allen from Zeta, the digital marketing agency and search marketing specialists, questions the motives and feasibility of the PM's plans. Whilst Brown has certainly come across as a digital guru, dropping in current digital terms, and possibly the most influential person in the development of...

2010-03-23 12:35:00

British officials have announced the formation of the new UK Space Agency (UKSA), a multi-million dollar organization that will oversee all space-related activity in the country starting on April 1. The announcement, which also included the unveiling of the UKSA logo and plans for a new $60 million International Space Innovation Center (ISIC) facility in Harwell, Oxfordshire, was made during a March 23 conference in London. The ISIC will be located within the European Space Agency facility...

2010-03-22 15:26:24

The prime minister of Britain said that scientists credited with inventing the World Wide Web would lead a new Internet research institute. Tim Berners Lee, the man who developed the Web in 1990, will head up Britain's Institute of Web Science. The institute will aim to help Britain develop 250,000 new jobs in the technology sector.  Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday that it would put Britain at the cutting edge of "emerging Web and Internet technologies." Brown said that the...

2010-02-11 08:20:03

Badger culling is unlikely to be a cost-effective way of helping control cattle TB in Britain, according to research published today in PLoS ONE. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and the Zoological Society of London, say their findings suggest that the benefits of repeated widespread badger culling, in terms of reducing the incidence of cattle TB, disappear within four years after the culling has ended. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a disease in cattle that has a serious...

2010-01-29 13:15:00

British researchers said on Friday that the so-called "club drug" ecstasy is more likely than other stimulant - like speed or crystal meth - to kill young, healthy people who are not known as regular drug users, Reuters reported. In fact, those who died after taking ecstasy were mainly younger and healthier than those who died after taking amphetamines, according to a study of stimulant-deaths in Britain between 1997 and 2007. "The results of the study appeared to show young people are...

2010-01-06 07:40:00

Scientists are now saying that there are actually two types of killer whales living in UK waters instead of just one, as was previously thought, according to BBC News. The whales are different from each other in both the way they look and the way they eat, and the males of one type are about 6-feet longer than the other. Researchers believe the killer whales could be at an early stage of becoming two separate species. The findings have been published by the international group of...

2009-12-08 06:05:00

As the much anticipated UN talks kick off in Copenhagen, energy ministers from nine European Union nations came to an agreement Monday to develop a massive offshore wind power grid in the North Sea and Irish Sea, reported AFP. The document, which will now be examined by experts, was signed during an EU energy ministers' meeting between Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden. "This very ambitious project is not just of interest to the...

Latest Britain Reference Libraries

2008-05-27 23:16:12

The Otterhound is British breed originally bred for hunting. It is in the same bloodlines as the Bloodhound and the Airedale Terrier. The breed has almost always been rare, even during the early 20th century when hunting was popular. The use of the breed to hunt otters ended in 1978 in Britain when it became illegal to kill otters. The breed is currently the most endangered in Britain and there are only between 350 and 400 in the United States. The breed generally weighs between 80 and 120...

2007-08-14 13:42:24

The Barbastelle (Barbastella barbastellus), also known as the Western Barbastelle, is a European bat. It has a short nose, small eyes and wide ears. It is rare throughout its range. In Britain, only three breeding roosts are known, including Paston Great Barn in Norfolk. The Barbastelle has two main call types used for echolocation. The frequency parameters of call type 1 lie between 30-38 kHz, have most energy at 33 kHz and have an average duration of 2.5 ms.[1] The frequency parameters...

2007-04-10 16:40:33

The Eurasian minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) is a species of freshwater fish. It is a member of the carp family (family Cyprinidae) of order Cypriniformes, and is the type species of genus Phoxinus. It is ubiquitous throughout much of Eurasia, from Britain and Spain to eastern Siberia, predominantly in cold 53.6- 68°F (12"“20°C) streams and well-oxygenated lakes and ponds. It is noted for being a gregarious species, shoaling in large numbers. The species is of drab coloration and...

2006-02-24 15:33:09

The Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix) is a Eurasian species in the genus of crows. It is so similar in structure and habits to the Carrion Crow that some authorities consider them to be merely geographical races of one species. It wasn't until 2002 that the bird was elevated to full species status. It breeds in northern and eastern Europe, and closely allied specimens inhabit southern Europe and western Asia. Where their ranges overlap (as in northern Britain, Germany and Siberia) their hybrids...

2005-09-12 10:47:47

The Alucitidae or many-plumed moths are a family of Lepidoptera with unusually modified wings. Both fore- and hind-wings consist of about six rigid spines, from which radiate flexible bristles creating a structure similar to a bird's feather. The family is small with about 130 species described. Both in Britain and North America only one of these is found - Alucita hexadactyla. This smallish moth can often be found fluttering in the evening twilight or resting with its 'wings'...

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