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2008-12-18 14:25:00

A lunar base on the Moon may be possible due to craters on the Moon's surface that astronomers believe could hold ice, providing a crucial water supply. Astrophysicists believe lunar ice could be hidden in the Moon's polar craters that are permanently shaded from the sun. NASA researchers analyzed data from a space probe sent to the Moon in 1998 that showed hydrogen on the moon is concentrated into craters in the Moon's poles where temperatures are colder than minus 170 degrees Celsius....

2008-11-06 12:10:00

Scientists believe they may now have a better idea of where to search for dark matter thanks to the results of a giant computer simulation reported on Wednesday. Dark matter has puzzled scientists for about 75 years when they discovered its existence from its gravitational effects. The mysterious matter is considered to account for 85 percent of the universe's mass although it cannot be seen through telescopes. Researchers at the international Virgo Consortium, including cosmologists at...

2008-09-23 18:00:15

NORTH East education experts are calling for a new approach to how science is taught in primary schools. Durham University researchers say national testing distorts the teaching and reduces opportunities to harness children's natural curiosity. The Durham experts have written one of two independent reports published today by the Wellcome Trust. Both reports highlight widespread concern about the negative impact of national testing on young people's enjoyment and understanding of...

2008-08-30 10:20:24

Scientists have exploited crystals from lavas to unravel the records of volcanic eruptions. The team, from Durham University and the University of Leeds, studied crystal formation from a volcano, in Santorini, in Greece, to calculate the timescale between the trigger of volcanic activity and the volcano's eruption. They say the technique can be applied to other volcanoes "“ such as Vesuvius, near Naples, in Italy "“ and will help inform the decisions of civil defense agencies....

2008-08-06 14:19:00

Wednesday marked the unveiling of the "first ever" Arctic map to show the disputed territories in the resource-rich region, British researchers said. The map is designed to help world powers as they battle over rights to the remote but potentially lucrative area. It highlights Arctic areas where boundaries are already agreed, as well as areas where claims have been made and where disputes could break out. "The map is the most precise depiction yet of the limits and the future dividing lines...

2008-06-20 18:00:39

NINE-YEAR-OLD Emily Cutmore's childhood has been blighted by regular bouts of tonsillitis. But the illness has inspired her to win a national art competition when she turned an image of her tonsils into a piece of art. The Year Six pupil at Newker Primary School in Chester-le- Street, County Durham, has had her work shown at London's Royal Albert Hall after it won the Scopic competition whose judges included Brian May of Queen. Yesterday Emily's work was showcased at Durham...

2008-05-14 10:00:41

Scientists from Durham University will use robots to explore the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to study the growth of underwater volcanoes that build the Earth's crust.The Durham experts will lead an international team of 12 scientists aboard Britain's Royal Research Ship James Cook which will set sail from Ponta Delgada, San Miguel, in the Azores on Friday, May 23.During the five-week expedition they will use explorer robots to map individual volcanoes on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge tectonic plate...

2008-04-09 15:20:00

It may be possible to determine the sexual motives of members of the opposite sex based on facial features, researchers said on Wednesday.For instance, a man with a square jaw, large nose and small eyes may be more likely to be on the prowl for lust rather than love.The Durham University team studied 700 heterosexual people from Durham, St. Andrews and Aberdeen universities. The study was published in the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior."In one study, 72 percent of the 153 participants...

2008-01-14 10:05:00

A national team of scientists led by experts at Durham University are embarking on one of the UK's largest ever research projects into photovoltaic (PV) solar energy.The £6.3million PV-21 program will focus on making thin-film light absorbing cells for solar panels from sustainable and affordable materials.The four-year project, which begins in April (2008), is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the SUPERGEN initiative.Eight UK...

2005-10-11 14:25:00

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Durham University (UK) have discovered that a million years ago, global climate changes occurred due to changes in tropical circulation in the Pacific similar to those caused by El Niño today. Changes in atmospheric circulation caused variations in heat fluxes and moisture transport, triggering a large expansion of the polar ice sheets and a reorganisation of the Earth's climate. The discovery,...

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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.