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ESA Names Mission For Astronaut Tim Peake: Principia
2014-07-22 03:59:19

ESA When ESA astronaut Tim Peake sets off for his six-month space journey next year, he will be flying under the mission name of Principia. More than 4000 people replied to the call for a mission name earlier this year and Principia was suggested 20 times. The name refers to Isaac Newton’s world-changing three-part text on physics, Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity. Famously pondering why apples fall from trees, Newton wrote down...

Dark Energy Survey Discovers Exotic Supernova
2014-06-26 03:28:35

Royal Astronomical Society The first images taken by the Dark Energy Survey (DES) after the survey began in August 2013 have revealed a rare, ‘superluminous’ supernova that erupted in a galaxy 7.8 billion light years away. The stellar explosion, called DES13S2cmm, easily outshines most galaxies in the Universe and could still be seen in the data six months later, at the end of the first of what will be five years of observing by DES. The event was discovered by Andreas Papadopoulos, a...

Timothy Peake
2014-03-14 10:57:31

ESA ESA astronaut Timothy Peake will be heading to the International Space Station next year and he needs your help to name his six-month mission. Send us your suggestion and help to make history. The winner will receive a mission patch signed by Tim himself. Tim was a helicopter test pilot and instructor before joining ESA’s astronaut corps in 2009. He was assigned his mission last May and has been training non-stop to be part of Expedition 46/47 to the orbital outpost. He is...

Dinosaur Island Yields Another Specimen: Wessie The Micro-Monster
2013-05-30 04:27:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have discovered a miniature species of amphibian that lived alongside dinosaurs — a creature which they claim fills a gap in the evolutionary history of a now-extinct group of creatures known as the albanerpetontids. According to BBC News, the newly-identified Wesserpeton was approximately the size of a small newt and lived roughly 130 million years ago. While there is no...

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2012-03-29 07:28:38

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III)  announced the most accurate measurements yet of the distances to galaxies in the faraway universe, giving an unprecedented look at the time when the universe first began to expand at an ever-increasing rate. Scientists from the University of Portsmouth and the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics will present the new results in a press conference at 10:00 BST on Friday, March 30th at the National Astronomy Meeting in Manchester....

2012-03-14 11:27:05

Just 60 seconds of all-out physical exertion in a threatening situation can seriously damage the memories of those involved for many details of the incident, according to a new study of police officers. Police officers, witnesses and victims of crime suffer loss of memory, recognition and awareness of their environment if they have had to use bursts of physical energy in a combative encounter, according to scientists. Researchers, led by Dr Lorraine Hope of the University of Portsmouth,...

Image 1 - Tiny Fossil Fragment Reveals Giant-but-ugly-truth
2011-10-13 10:51:26

Fossil in London's Natural History Museum is part of biggest-ever toothed pterosaur from dinosaur era New research from the Universities of Portsmouth and Leicester has identified a small fossil fragment at the Natural History Museum, London as being part of a giant pterosaur — setting a new upper limit for the size of winged and toothed animals. Dr David Martill from the University of Portsmouth and Dr David Unwin from the University of Leicester examined the fossil - which...

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2011-08-10 13:00:00

Researchers say a jawbone found in Kazakhstan gives more evidence towards the theory that giant birds roamed the Earth during the same time as the dinosaur. The team said the new species had a skull about 12-inches long and would have stood 6 to 9 feet tall.  The researchers also said the bird would have had a wingspan of about 13 feet. The only other evidence of a bird of this size during the period was a fossilized spinal bone found in France and was reported in a 1995 paper in the...

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2011-05-23 07:35:00

Two UK astronomers have found that the giant black holes in the center of galaxies are on average spinning faster than at any time in the history of the Universe. Dr Alejo Martinez-Sansigre of the University of Portsmouth and Prof. Steve Rawlings of the University of Oxford made the new discovery by using radio, optical and X-ray data. They publish their findings in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. There is strong evidence that every galaxy has a black hole in...

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2010-06-30 06:45:00

The more caffeine people consume the more they see it as a positive thing, according to a new study. The report, by Dr Lorenzo Stafford of the University of Portsmouth's psychology department, says heavy caffeine users are the only known "Ëœdrug users' to see their habit in a positive light. His study investigated people's underlying feelings about caffeine and the results are published in the latest issue of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. He said: "Caffeine is found in coffee,...


Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.