Latest Britain Stories

2010-09-10 05:35:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Financial Times/Harris Poll finds that immigration is widely unpopular in the United States and in all of the five largest countries in Europe. The survey asked about immigration generally and not about illegal immigration. Majorities in four of the countries and pluralities in the other two believe that immigration makes it harder to find new jobs. Majorities in three countries and over 40% in the other three believe it has a bad effect on...

2010-08-12 06:49:00

LONDON, August 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Britain's Favourite Mobile Casino LadyLuck's has a treat for mobile casino players who dream of enjoying the jet-set lifestyle of the wealthy - the launch of the first ever mobile 50-line slot Filthy Rich. LadyLuck's has re-created the playboy lifestyle of diamonds, fast cars and private jets with the first ever 50-line, five-reel slot machine, which can be played for free on a mobile phone. Fortune-ately, players do not have to be...

2010-08-12 08:16:10

Archaeologists from Cardiff University have made a major new discovery that will change the way we think about how Britain was conquered and occupied by the Roman army almost 2,000 years ago. A complex of monumental buildings has been located outside the Roman fortress at Caerleon in South Wales, which is likely to lead to a complete rethink of one of the country's most important Roman sites. The discovery was fortuitous - students from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion were...

2010-08-11 14:18:54

Experts say that a new superbug could spread throughout the globe that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. Researchers have found a new gene called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1, in patients in South Asia and in Britain. The new gene makes bacteria highly resistant to most antibiotics, including the most powerful class known as carbapenems.  The experts say there are no new drugs on the horizon that can battle it. Timothy Walsh, who led the study, said...

2010-08-10 14:10:00

Archaeologists working on Stone Age remains at a site in North Yorkshire say it contains Britain's earliest surviving house. The team from the Universities of Manchester and York reveal today that the home dates to at least 8,500 BC - when Britain was part of continental Europe. The research has been made possible by a grant from the Natural Environment Research Council, early excavation funding from the British Academy, and from English Heritage who are about to schedule the site as a...

2010-08-10 11:42:00

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Allstate's "X the TXT" social initiative is partnering with the Jonas Brothers' "Road Dogs" softball tour to raise teen awareness about the dangers of texting while driving and to encourage young people and their families to pledge not to text and drive. The 12-city tour, which kicked off last Friday in Joliet, Ill, is headed to the New Britain Stadium where the Road Dogs will be taking on ESPN's team the G.O.A.T.S (which stands for...

2010-08-04 08:50:00

An investigation into the sale of milk from cloned cow offspring has uncovered evidence that the meat of cattle sired by cloned cows has also entered the British food supply. According to AFP reports, officials from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) discovered that the meat had become part of the food chain sometime last year. The source of the meat was a pair of bulls who were born from embryos taken from a cloned cow in the United States. The bulls were born in Britain and slaughtered,...

2010-08-02 11:00:00

British food safety officials said Monday they plan to investigate a claim that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow was on sale for public consumption. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is set to investigate a report in Friday's International Herald Tribune newspaper, and the disclosure has provoked concern among some farming campaigners. However, the body that represents Britain's dairy industry said there was no danger. The newspaper quoted a British dairy farmer saying that he was...

2010-07-23 13:04:38

Research: Inequalities in premature mortality in Britain: Observational study from 1921-2007 The level of inequalities in premature mortality between different areas of Britain has almost surpassed those seen shortly before the economic crash of 1929 and the economic depression of the 1930s, according to a new study published on bmj.com today. Inequalities continued to rise steadily during the first decade of the twenty first century, UK researchers have found, and could become worse....

2010-07-23 05:28:00

In the news release, "'Dragon Quest' Craze That Took Japan by Storm Set to Sweep the UK" issued on 23 Jul 201009:33 GMT, by Nintendo over PR Newswire, the source should be 'Nintendo', rather than 'Raytheon Systems Limited', as originally issued inadvertently. Complete, corrected release follows: LONDON, July 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Dragon Quest IX Launched on Nintendo DS - Diversity Perform at Official UK Launch The phenomenon which has gripped a whole nation in...

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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Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).