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Rare Balloon-shaped Animal Fossil Sheds Light On Earth's Ancient Seas
2014-12-10 03:43:50

A rare 520 million year old fossil shaped like a 'squashed bird's nest' that will help to shed new light on life within Earth's ancient seas has been discovered in China by an international research team - and will honor the memory of a University of Leicester scientist who passed away earlier this year.

dark matter
2014-10-21 04:47:25

A new study describes the detection of a curious signal in the X-ray sky which may prove the axion particle really exists. The findings also provide tantalizing insight into the nature of dark matter.

chariot linch pin
2014-10-15 08:49:54

Discovered in the ongoing excavation of an Iron Age hill fort near Leicester, the main highlight of the archeological find was several bronze fittings identified as parts of a 2nd or 3rd century BC chariot.

canine cancer
2014-09-25 02:30:30

University of Leicester researchers work with Avacta Animal Health Ltd to develop novel system for diagnosing lymphoma in dogs .

International Science Team Solves Long-standing Mystery In Biology
2014-07-14 03:20:16

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Leicester, has solved a long-standing mystery in biology, by identifying the molecular structure of a vital biological chemical.

New 3D Model Of King Richard III's Spine Shows Prominent Scoliosis
2014-05-30 09:12:05

Richard III was popularized in Shakespearean literature as a hunchback, and now everyone can explore the true shape of one of history’s most famous spinal columns, as University of Leicester scientists, employing the help of multimedia experts, have created a 3D model of Richard III’s spine.

dancing auroral lights on Saturn
2014-05-19 11:09:00

Saturn's auroras are caused by the same phenomenon which leads to dramatic auroral displays on Earth, University of Leicester research shows.

2014-04-01 14:28:49

A humble ingredient of bread – baker's yeast – has provided scientists with remarkable new insights into understanding basic processes likely involved in diseases such as Parkinson's and cancer.

2014-03-27 10:39:57

A new study by an international team of scientists, including Dr Jan Zalasiewicz and Professor Mark Williams of the University of Leicester's Department of Geology, suggests that the fossil impact humans have made on the planet is vast and unprecedented in nature – and that there's been nothing remotely like it since the Earth formed, over four and half billion years ago.

artist impression of debris around a white dwarf star
2014-03-27 08:16:01

New theory advanced for how collapsed stars become polluted -- pointing to ominous fate that awaits planet Earth.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.