What makes a hero?
(PhysOrg.com) -- New research at Newcastle University shows that it's not enough to be noble and do a courageous act to be considered a hero. Studying the reactions of the public to five tales of heroism, researchers at Newcastle ...
Ice-loss moves the Earth 250 miles down
At the surface, Antarctica is a motionless and frozen landscape. Yet hundreds of miles down the Earth is moving at a rapid rate, new research has shown.
Nature's strongest glue comes unstuck
Over a 150 years since it was first described by Darwin, scientists are finally uncovering the secrets behind the super strength of barnacle glue.
A carbon-neutral way to power your home
(PhysOrg.com) -- A super-efficient system that has the potential to power, heat and cool homes across the UK is being developed at Newcastle University.
Global cooling as significant as global warming, research shows
A "cold snap" 116 million years ago triggered a similar marine ecosystem crisis to those witnessed in the past as a result of global warming, according to research published today in Nature Geoscience.
Whales feel the (sun)burn
Whales have been shown to increase the pigment in their skin in response to sunshine, just as we get a tan.
How the kilogram has put on weight
Using a state-of-the-art Theta-probe XPS machine experts at Newcastle University, UK, have shown the original kilogram is likely to be tens of micrograms heavier than it was when the first standard was set in 1875. And they ...
Scientists warn on climate tipping points
(PhysOrg.com) -- A survey of top climate scientists has revealed there is a real chance of key climate tipping points being passed with serious consequences for the planet.
Carrots cooked whole contain more anti-cancer compound
Chopping up your carrot after it has been cooked boosts its anti-cancer properties by 25 per cent, scientists at Newcastle University have found. The study, carried out by Newcastle University’s Dr Kirsten Brandt and researcher ...
Mathematicians provide new insight into tsunamis
A new mathematical formula that could be used to give advance warning of where a tsunami is likely to hit and how destructive it will be has been worked out by scientists at Newcastle University.
Ig Nobel: Researchers named the cream of the crop
(PhysOrg.com) -- Newcastle scientists Dr Catherine Douglas and Dr Peter Rowlinson have won the Ig Nobel Prize for Veterinary Medicine for their work looking at reducing stress levels in dairy cattle. In a paper published earlier this year, they described how giving a cow ...
World's water ecosystems under threat
(PhysOrg.com) -- Human activities such as fishing and water use are over-riding the effects of global warming on the ecosystems that support the world’s water and fish supplies, experts have revealed.
Evidence of oceanic 'green rust' offers hope for the future
A rare kind of mineral which scientists hope could be used to remove toxic metals and radioactive species from the environment played a similar, crucial role early in Earth's history.
Human sperm created from embryonic stem cells (Update)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Human sperm have been created using embryonic stem cells for the first time in a scientific development which will lead researchers to a better understanding of the causes of infertility.