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2010-06-02 09:42:31

Development model of Mars rover at University of Leicester on Friday June 4 A development model of the Mars Rover, called Bridget, is on display at the University Friday, June 4, providing invited schoolchildren as well as staff and students with an exciting glimpse into the shape of things to come. The event coincides with celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of space research at the University of Leicester. Scientists from the University of Leicester are involved in five instruments on...

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2010-05-28 09:40:00

Scientists put the Comet Wild 2 under the microscope Researchers at the University of Leicester are examining extraterrestrial material from a comet to assess the origins of our Solar System. For the first time ever, material samples from a comet were collected in the Stardust Mission. It was the first mission since the Apollo landings to have successfully returned extraterrestrial material for scientists to study in the laboratory. At the University of Leicester's Space Research Centre and...

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2010-05-27 09:05:00

Stellar explosions provide the key to understanding the fate of the universe The mysteries of the Universe and how we came to be are set to be unlocked by a technique for modeling fluids, similar to one which is becoming increasingly popular within the film industry to improve the realism of special effects. Theoretical Astrophysics student, Fergus Wilson from the University of Leicester, is currently utilizing a fluid modeling technique within his doctoral research to enable investigation of...

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2010-04-14 09:07:53

Scientists from the University of Leicester have used observations from NASA's STEREO and ACE satellites to come up with more accurate predictions of when blasts of solar wind will reach Earth, Venus and Mars.  Anthony Williams will present the results at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow on Wednesday April 14th. We have recently been experiencing an unusually quiet and long-lasting solar minimum, and solar storms caused by Coronal Mass Ejections have been scarce. ...

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2010-03-27 11:21:23

Researchers show how world has changed Geologists from the University of Leicester are among four scientists- including a Nobel prize-winner "“ who suggest that the Earth has entered a new age of geological time. The Age of Aquarius? Not quite - It's the Anthropocene Epoch, say the scientists writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. (web issue March 29; print issue April 1) And they add that the dawning of this new epoch may include the sixth largest mass...

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2010-03-22 13:15:00

A geologist from the University of Leicester is part of a team that has uncovered an ancient water flea-like creature from 425 million years ago "“ only the third of its kind ever to be discovered in ancient rocks. Professor David Siveter, of the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester worked with Professor Derek Siveter at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Professor Derek Briggs at Yale University USA and Dr Mark Sutton at Imperial College to make the rare...

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2010-03-12 13:25:00

Space physicists from the University of Leicester are part of an international team that has identified the impact of the Sun on Mars' atmosphere. Writing in the AGU journal Geophysics Research Letters, the scientists report that Mars is constantly losing part of its atmosphere to space. The new study shows that pressure from solar wind pulses is a significant contributor to Mars's atmospheric escape. The researchers analyzed solar wind data and satellite observations that track the flux of...

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2010-02-10 11:05:00

Research being undertaken at the University of Leicester highlights a career change for criminals from the more traditional household burglaries to personal muggings Globalization, and particularly cheaper electronic goods from China and the Far East, has altered behavior among Britain's burglars according research in progress at the University of Leicester. James Treadwell, a lecturer in Criminology from the University of Leicester's Department of Criminology suggests that the incredible...

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2010-02-08 06:25:00

Discovery has important implications for the understanding of cancer and age associated diseases Scientists announced Sunday they have identified for the first time definitive variants associated with biological aging in humans. The team analyzed more than 500,000 genetic variations across the entire human genome to identify the variants which are located near a gene called TERC. The study in Nature Genetics published Feb 7 by researchers from the University of Leicester and King's College...

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2010-01-31 13:27:43

Revelations of rotting fish provide scientists with clearer picture of early life Decaying corpses are usually the domain of forensic scientists, but paleontologists have discovered that studying rotting fish sheds new light on our earliest ancestry. The researchers, from the Department of Geology at the University of Leicester, devised a new method for extracting information from 500 million year old fossils - they studied the way fish decompose to gain a clearer picture of how our ancient...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.