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What a copycat

Bowerbirds are best known for the construction and subsequent decoration of their elaborate bowers, which are used by males to attract mates.  But it is not so widely known that bowerbirds are also proficient mimics, typically mimicking over a dozen other species and environmental noises. Read more »

Lowering cholesterol could help the body's immune system

Scientists have found a direct link between cholesterol and the immune system, possibly making a new type of drug possible. Cholesterol is found in the cell membranes and is transported in the blood stream. It has an important role in hormone and Vitamin D production.
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AR You Ready for This?

What do you get if you take the internet revolution, throw in GPS and digital compass technology, and add some futuristic display technology? In the not-too-distant future, the answer may be 'terminator vision'.

Let's face it, virtual reality was a bit of a let-down. Convincing VR technology has yet to hit the consumer market despite the teasing of science fiction from Star Trek, through to Red Dwarf' and The Matrix. Those headache and neck ache-inducing headsets from the 80s and 90s just don't cut the mustard, and the Trekkies' long wait for their holodeck seems set to continue for some time. Fortunately, consolation is to be found in an emerging set of products centred on a related concept called augmented reality, or AR. Rather than replacing the world around us, AR promises to augment it by overlaying information and making interaction richer. Read more »

Climate change threatens ancient treasures

Research suggests that climate change may pose a risk to archeological treasures that have been frozen for millennia.

Increasingly warmer temperatures cause ice and hardened ground to thaw which exposes ancient tombs, artefacts and human remains of high cultural value, not only for scientists but also for indigenous populations.
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World-class supercomputer "HECToR" to recieve substantial upgrade

Ranked sixteenth in the world in 2010, the UK's most powerful supercomputer, “HECToR”,which is held at the University of Edinburgh, will undergo a major upgrade later this year that is estimated to improve its performance more than two fold. HECToR is part of the UK's national high performance computing service and is used in academic and commercial research. Read more »