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New Supercomputer Will Tackle Mysteries Of Space
2012-06-08 03:27:58

The University of Leicester has been awarded funding to establish a multi-million pound national supercomputer which will make it possible to study space in unprecedented detail and provide new insights into the history of the Universe. It will allow astronomers to address some of the most challenging problems in physics and astronomy - such as What is dark matter? How do stars form? And why do galaxies always have black holes at their centers?” The University of Leicester has...

2012-05-29 23:03:23

Darwin made adaptation to the environment the key property of evolved living creatures. That's all natural selection can do. But suppose the key property of living creatures is how independent of their environment they are. This is number 1 in a series of website articles casting doubt on the Modern Synthesis. Rosendale, NY (PRWEB) May 29, 2012 In Darwin's theory of natural selection the key concept is "adaptation to the environment." All natural selection could do was identify which...

2012-05-09 21:22:44

Researchers have found that bird species with multiple plumage color forms within in the same population, evolve into new species faster than those with only one color form, confirming a 60 year-old evolution theory. The global study used information from birdwatchers and geneticists accumulated over decades and was conducted by University of Melbourne scientists Dr Devi Stuart-Fox and Dr Andrew Hugall (now based at the Melbourne Museum) and is published in the journal Nature. The link...

Evidence Discovered To Support Turing's Morphogen Theory
2012-02-20 05:40:24

A team of UK researchers claims to have put forth the first ever experimental evidence in support of a long-standing theory about how biological patterns such as a leopard's spots or a tiger's stripes are formed. The study was the work of experts from King's College London, and according to a February 19 press release from the school, "The findings provide evidence to support a theory first suggested in the 1950s by famous code-breaker and mathematician Alan Turing," who championed the...

Scientific Community To Observe 'Darwin Day' On Sunday
2012-02-12 06:31:53

Members of the international scientific community are set to honor the work and accomplishments of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin on Sunday February 12, otherwise known as "Darwin Day". According to Boston Globe Correspondent Nancy Shohet West, Sunday is the 203rd anniversary of Darwin's birth. Patrick Everett, coordinator of the Concord Area Humanists and organizer of an event in the Massachusetts community told West that occasion, which he dubbed "a celebration of science and...

2012-01-30 14:05:00

NYC Turing Fellows Program: The Best Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Students Compete for Summer Fellowships at New York City´s Most Innovative Technology Startups (PRWEB) January 30, 2012 The second annual NYC Turing Fellows Program, which matches outstanding students to paid summer internships with leading technology startups, is now accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students across the U.S. and Canada. The program is open to students studying...

Hundreds Of Lost Darwin Fossils Discovered
2012-01-17 10:46:07

Numerous fossils -- including some collected by Charles Darwin -- have been rediscovered in an old wooden cabinet that had been tucked away in a dark corner of the British Geological Survey (BGS) headquarters in the UK, reports The Telegraph. The “treasure trove” of fossils was found by Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, undoubtedly by accident. The fossils had been lost to science for nearly 165 years, before Falcon-Lang stumbled...

2012-01-15 05:16:24

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) on Friday Jan. 13 announced the winners of the Society's medals and awards for 2012. These prizes honor leading figures that have made an outstanding contribution to astronomy (designated 'A') and geophysics (designated 'G') and recognize individuals and groups in the UK and around the world. The awards will be presented at the 2012 National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2012) that will take place from 27-30 March in Manchester. Professor Roger Davies,...


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Admiral Sir George Back
2014-01-07 10:58:04

Admiral Sir George Back FRS, born November 6th of 1796 and died on June 23rd of 1878, was a British naval officer, naturalist, artist, and explorer of the Canadian Arctic. He was born in Stockport. When he was a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in the year 1808 and participated in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year he was involved in the fighting in the Bay of Biscay up until he was captured by the French. He remained a...

William Buckland
2013-10-14 14:04:00

William Buckland (March 12, 1784 – August 14, 1856) was an English theologian, ordained Anglican minister, geologist, and the prominent paleontologist of his day. He pioneered the use of fossilized feces, which he named “coprolites,” in the study and reconstruction of ancient ecosystems. Buckland is perhaps best known for naming and describing the very first recognized dinosaur fossil, the Megalosaurus, before the term “dinosaur” ever existed. Buckland was born at Axminster in...

Zoological Journal
2012-04-24 18:24:00

The Zoological Journal was a scientific journal published in the early nineteenth century on a quarterly basis. It was devoted entirely to zoology (animal kingdom). It was published in London by W. Philips. It featured “Original Communications, Translations of new and interesting Papers from Foreign sources and notices of new and remarkable facts in any way connected with Zoology," according to Gentlemen’s Magazine, 1823. The journal’s editors were Thomas Bell, John George Children,...

Iguanodon
2012-01-11 16:16:53

Iguanodon, meaning “Iguana tooth,” is a genus of ornithopod dinosaur known from the Kimmeridgian age of the Late Jurassic Period to the Cenomanian age of the Late Cretaceous Period. It lived in Asia, Europe and North America. Research in the early 2000s suggests however that only one species, I. bernissartensis, is well-substantiated, and lived during the Early Cretaceous Period in Europe. It was first discovered in 1822 and described three years later by English geologist Gideon...

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2013-03-16 00:00:00

Antonio de Ulloa was born on January 12, 1716 in Seville. Ulloa enlisted with the Spanish Navy in 1733. In 1735, he was sent to Ecuador as a member of the French Geodesic Mission. The mission, led by Pierre Bouguer, was organized by the French Academy of Sciences to measure a degree of the meridian at the equator. He stayed in Ecuador for 9 years until 1744, during this stint; he discovered platinum with his partner, Jorge Juan. In 1745, he returned to Spain. However, while enroute to...

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