Norway will become the first country to switch off FM radio

Norway will become the first country to switch off FM radio

All ears will be on Norway next week as their radios go Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) only as it becomes the first country to switch off FM radio. DAB is a newer standard delivering a number of advantages, over traditional analog signal, DAB carries a huge variety of stations with...

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Astronomy: Helix Nebula

Astronomy: Helix Nebula

Deep in the far south of the zodiacal constellation Aquarius lies NGC7293, the Helix Nebula. This object illustrates one of the best examples of the last stages in the evolutionary track of a star similar to our Sun. It was discovered in 1824 by Karl Ludwig Harding during his early...

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White holes in theory

White holes in theory

In 1928 Bristol born Paul Dirac discovered the existence of antimatter. His electron equations contained a negative solution, which opened the doors to the previously unknown zoo of antimatter. Electrons, neutrons, protons and so on… all have a corresponding character in Alice’s Wonderland of antimatter. When matter and antimatter touch,...

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Research News: December/January

Research News: December/January

KCW Today’s monthly run down of the most exciting, shocking and bizarre science, technology and health research news from the UK and across the globe. Historical, astronomical and biblical records suggest that the star of Bethlehem that led the three kings to baby Jesus in his manger may not have...

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Predatory bacteria can fight superbugs

Predatory bacteria can fight superbugs

Predatory bacteria could be used to combat antibiotic-resisting superbugs, according to a new study published in Current Biology. Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Nottingham used a predatory bacterium that feeds on other bacteria, Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, to kill samples of the Shigella bacteria that causes 160 million cases...

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Confucius bird fossil’s preserved feathers contain traces of colour

Confucius bird fossil’s preserved feathers contain traces of colour

  This 10-15cm Eoconfuciusornis bird on the right was alive 130 million years ago. It was discovered in the paleontological treasure trove called the “Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota” (Jiufotang formation) in the provinces of Hebei and Liaoning, China. Chinese and U.S. scientists analysed the feathers in search of a protein...

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TCS encouraging education for STEM in local schools

TCS encouraging education for STEM in local schools

TCS encouraging education for STEM in local schools  Lady Margaret School, Space Studios, and Bishop Thomas Grant school have recently taken part in a ten week science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) project which has linked 275 young people with STEM employers and universities.  The project aims to encourage students to consider further education or employment in the STEM industry.  The project was created by TCS as part of...

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Research News: November

Research News: November

KCW Today’s monthly run down of the most exciting, shocking and bizarre science, technology and health research news from the UK and across the globe. The common, white, mute swan has been found to windsurf in Sweden. Using their wings as sails, the swans are able to propel themselves across...

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Geoengineering to tackle climate change: A looming possibility

Geoengineering to tackle climate change: A looming possibility

A United Nations body is investigating controversial methods to avert runaway climate change by re-engineering the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere, in a bid to achieve the global carbon levels laid down in the Paris agreement. “Within the Paris agreement there’s an implicit assumption that there will need to be greenhouse gases removed,”...

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New recyclable coffee cup could solve landfill woes

New recyclable coffee cup could solve landfill woes

In March this year, celebrity chef and environmental campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall took to the streets of London in a double-decker bus adorned with 10,000 coffee cups and armed with a megaphone to set right a confused British public that has been mistakenly recycling their takeaway coffee cups. “Every day hundreds...

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