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Robin Hood: What happened to Nottingham castle?

<b>The Robin Hood legend brings millions of tourists to Nottingham every year but visitors expecting to find a medieval castle are often disappointed when faced with a grand stately home. So what happened to the original fortress?</b><p>In Hollywood's adaptation of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves the hero and …

The Science of Success

Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care. So holds a provocative new theory of genetics, which asserts …

Blooming tiny: nano flowers, ferns and gold stars – in pictures

This month's collection of images from the world of nanotechnology includes the tiniest of flowers, minuscule gold stars, and crystal layers that could replace silicon as the building blocks of the information age<p><i>If you have any nanotech images you'd like to share, please email them to</i> …

The 5 Most Important Physics Discoveries Of The Past 25 Years

Physics World reporter Tushna Commissariat told the BBC that making the list was "harder than choosing Nobel laureates," adding that there have been "so many eye-popping findings that our final choice is, inevitably, open to debate."<p>The magazine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, also …

Learn How Magnets Work By Watching This Short Animation

The latest video from MinutePhysics, a growing YouTube series by Henry Reich, explains the miracles of magnetism on a particle level.<p>You may remember the Insane Clown Posse’s eternal question, infinitely quoted from their 2009 single “Miracles”: “Fucking magnets, how do they work?”<p>They had the …

Neptune’s innermost moon Naiad: Lost and found!

Voyager spacecraft discovered this moon in 1989, but since then it’s been an elusive target. With new techniques to suppress Neptune’s glare, Naiad …

Astronomy

Preventing Superbugs By Deactivating Antibiotics With A Flash Of Light

The popularity of antibiotics has led to mutations in bacteria that make the little buggers stronger than ever. But what if we could shut down antibiotics as soon as they're no longer needed?<p>Bacterial resistance is becoming one of the most serious problems in the medical world, and it's largely a …

Evidence of a comet that rained 'a shockwave of fire' detected on Earth

A comet that struck Earth around 28 million years ago annihilated part of modern-day Egypt — but managed to leave behind a few relics for modern scientists to marvel over.<p>According to a team of South African researchers, a small pebble discovered by an Egyptian geologist in 1996 has been identified …

FYI: Does Stress Make You Hungry?

Yes, but only for junk food.<p>Much of what scientists know about stress eating comes from cramming animals into Plexiglas tubes. When researchers subject lab rats to this particular discomfort for several hours every day, the rodents lose their appetites for healthy pet food. But if given access to …

'Dark universe' beckons as research target after Higgs boson wins Nobel | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - With the Higgs boson in the bag, the head of the CERN research center urged scientists on Tuesday to push on to unveil the “dark universe” - the hidden stuff that makes up 95 per cent of the cosmos and is still a mystery to earthbound researchers.<p>British physicist Peter Higgs (R) …

Physics

Massive CT Scanner Will Glean Safety Insight From Wrecked Cars

See inside a car wreck without disturbing anything.<p>Computed tomography (CT) scanners are great for diagnosing problems in people, but what about cars?<p>The Fraunhofer Development Center is using the biggest CT scanner it can find to analyze wrecked cars. Researchers hope to gain some insight into how …

Peter Higgs proves as elusive as Higgs boson after Nobel success

The media spotlight has often been too harsh for Peter Higgs, the Edinburgh physicist, who disappeared off on holiday without a mobile phone this week to escape the inevitable rush of journalists that bears down on every winner of a Nobel prize.<p>The move was carefully calculated and profoundly …

The Scientific Publishing Sting: a Missed Opportunity?

The Science of Science's scientific publishing sting: don't shoot the messenger, or you might shoot yourself in the foot<p>Last week I received an email asking me if I wanted to apply to be an editor for a chemistry journal. This might seem a bit odd because I'm not a chemist (although I did do a …