University of Leicester

  • Ranking right up there in the Things People Worry About is the potential for a cataclysmic super-eruption of the Yellowstone hotspot. According to a new study, however, the volcanic region may currently be waning.
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    Move over humans, there's a new dominant species on Earth – the chicken. According to researchers from the UK and South Africa, the most prominent marker of our age will not be our great monuments or industrial pollution, but the fossilized bones of hundreds of billions of domestic chickens.
  • If you could sniff a planet, what would it smell like? According to an international team of scientists,if you could get a whiff of the planet Uranus, it would have the pungent odor of rotten eggs due to the presence of the noxious gas hydrogen sulfide.
  • Some scientists believe that human activity has triggered the dawn of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. On the path to being formally recognized, a new study has proposed a start date for the new epoch, and outlined where geological evidence could be found to support it.
  • It's official: Jupiter is big enough to be home to not just one, but two great spots. University of Leicester astronomers report that they have discovered what they call the "Great Cold Spot" that is almost as big as the gas giant's famed "Great Red Spot."
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    What makes Big Ben's bong so special? Researchers from the University of Leicester have attempted to find out by using laser beams for the first time to precisely map how the bell generates sound.
  • Researchers at the University of Leicester have developed a new class of Alzheimer's drug that has been shown to restore memory loss, slow disease progression and increase the lifespan of mice. The team hopes that the finding could lead to new treatment options for Alzheimer’s in humans.
  • Scientists used a new imaging technique based on 3D modeling technology to uncover the fate of Britain's Beagle 2 lander. According to the team, the unmanned probe didn't crash, but landed successfully and became operational.
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    ​In the short time we’ve been walking the Earth, humans have left an undeniable impact on the planet. Now a scientific body has agreed that our actions have altered the Earth’s natural processes enough to usher in a new geological epoch. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Anthropocene.
  • ​​A new, portable imaging system could have a big impact on doctors’ abilities to study patient tissue, both on a surface level, and further down. The technology combines optical and gamma imaging, and has already been successfully tested in a clinical pilot study.​
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    Researchers in the United Kingdom have successfully identified the chemical signature of ripening mangoes. The findings could be extended to other fruit, and might one day revolutionize how everyone from farmers to supermarket workers tell if their fruit is ready.
  • Scientists have identified a compound that can reverse symptoms of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The method hasn't been tested on human patients just yet, but it's been found to be effective in genetically modified fruit flies.