University of Southampton

  • By training a pair of instruments on a nearby black hole, a team of astronomers have now produced a high-frame rate visualization of violent flares at its center in the kind of detail never seen before.
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    ​For three years, an international team of scientists surveyed the floor of the Black Sea, off the coast of Bulgaria. Now, radiocarbon tests have confirmed that the remains of an ancient ship discovered last year date from 400BC, officially making it the world's oldest known intact shipwreck.
  • Supercomputers and quantum computers rely on a “brute force” approach to solve problems, performing billions of calculations very quickly until they arrive at the optimal solution. But a new system has the potential to outperform them, using “magic dust” as a beacon to highlight the solution.
  • We might be on track to topple a climate record that’s held strong for about 56 million years. A new study has found evidence that intense volcanic eruptions were to blame for the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), pumping mind-boggling amounts of carbon into the atmosphere and oceans.
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    Although plesiosaurs' most distinctive feature was their long necks, there's been some debate regarding how they used their four flippers. Now, scientists believe they have the answer, based on water tank experiments conducted with robotized models.​
  • Scientists have built an unprecedented 3D picture of inside the skull of the Neovenator salerii, finding that the carnivorous land dinosaur may have possessed a surprisingly sensitive snout for use in foraging, feeding and even wooing potential mates. ​
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    Using 50,000 simulated Earth-impacting asteroids, scientists from Southampton University have modeled which after-effects of an asteroid collision with Earth would be the most deadly. The findings might not be what you expect.
  • A new study suggests that if left emissions are left unchecked we could return to Triassic atmospheric CO2 levels in the next few centuries, and with a little help from a brighter, hotter Sun, surface temperatures on Earth could soar to new heights.
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    For people in medieval England, zombies weren’t fictional entertainment, they were an existential threat. Bones from a medieval North Yorkshire village have been found to bear telltale battle-scars, when the living took some extreme measures to make sure the dead stayed dead.
  • Collecting data on impoverished zones is anything but straightforward. Modern technology, however, is affording researchers exciting new ways to bring these areas into focus, such as the mix of smartphone and satellite data used to create a new map of poverty distribution across Bangladesh.
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    The Hoff may be known for patrolling Los Angeles beaches, and now his namesake, a new type of hairy-chested "Hoff" crab is among six new species that have been discovered living in the bizarre landscape around hydrothermal vents deep in the Indian Ocean.
  • ​Autonomous underwater vehicles are already both smaller and less expensive than manned submarines. A British consortium has recently taken that concept even further, though, unveiling two "microsubs" that are about one-third the size of most conventional AUVs.