Exoplanet has ozone layer – just like that of earth

An ozone layer just like that surrounding Earth has been detected surrounding a planet outside the solar system for the first time. The 'sunscreen' on the distant gas giant known as WASP-121b was identified by british scientists in groundbreaking research. It has a stratosphere - one of the main layers of our own planet's atmosphere - but is totally ununhabitable with temperatures hot enough to boil iron. But the discovery reported in Nature could help identify other worlds where life...

Early Greeks creators of Europe’s first advanced civilisations descended from migrants from modern day Turkey, reveals new research

The early Greeks - creators of Europe's first advanced civilisations - descended from migrants from modern day Turkey, reveals new research. An analysis of ancient DNA has revealed that Ancient Minoans and Mycenaens were genetically similar - with both peoples descending from early Neolithic farmers. Researchers say they likely migrated from Anatolia to Greece and Crete thousands of years before the Bronze Age. Modern Greeks, in turn, are largely descendants of the Mycenaeans, the study found. The researchers analysed tooth...

Photographer captures mesmerising pictures of Milky Way lighting up the night sky 

These extraordinary pictures capture the stunning Milky Way lighting up the night sky above the British countryside. Stargazing photographer Andrew Fusek-Peters, 51, was able to snap the stunning sight from the top of Titterstone Clee Hill, in Ludlow, Shrops. In the foreground of the images is a radar dome, which forms part of the National Air Traffic Services radar network, which monitors all aircraft within a 100-mile radius. Andrew, who has been a freelance photographer for four years, arrived on...

The icy worlds of Europa and Enceladus could never be habitable – because they suffer from either extreme hot or cold

The icy worlds of Europa and Enceladus could never be habitable - because they suffer from either extreme hot or cold. NASA has said the mysterious moons of Jupiter and Saturn respectively could one day be home to humans. But scientist said the moons swing from a "icehouse" to "hothouse" without a "goldilocks" period when conditions are just right for life to thrive. The finding could have implications for the search for extra-terrestrial life as they are believed to be...

Inventor tells how a Tory government pulled the plug on his revolutionary electric car…40 years ago 

An inventor has told how a Tory government pulled the plug on his revolutionary electric car - 40 years ago. The government last week announced it wanted Britain to become free of all petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2040. But Noel Hodson, 74, said we would have been a lot further down the road if Margaret Thatcher's officials had accepted his pioneering design back in 1980. Noel and his small team developed a hybrid petrol-electric car on a Mini chassis...

Sea Beast of…NEVADA – large mouthed fish was top predator after mass extinction

A sea monster that hunted "like the great white shark" more than 250 million years ago has been dug up... in the Nevada! The six foot long beast had huge jaws and three parallel rows of razor sharp teeth - with several smaller ones inside its enormous mouth. Palaeontologist Dr Carlo Romano said the creature hunted similarly to the modern great white shark. It would have pursued its prey, then bitten it - before swallowing the hapless fish whole. Scientists...

Incredible images show wreck of ship which was buried beneath sand in River Severn 

These photographs show the ghostly wreck of a steamship which sank on Christmas Eve 117 years ago. Lodged in the sands of the Severn Estuary, the remains of the boat were captured by sonar imagining for the first time. It was thought to be cargo vessel The Brunswick, which overturned in deep fog when she ran aground on a sandbank. Sailors who escaped with their lives eventually managed to retrieve the bodies of three men who were in the cabins...

A flesh eating winged dinosaur that roamed Earth at the same time as T. Rex sported a spectacular head crest

A flesh eating winged dinosaur that roamed Earth at the same time as T. Rex sported a spectacular head crest... which it used to woo the ladies. And it was a colourful beast with a blue face and unusually long, pink flamingo-style neck, according to an artist's impression. The weird new species had huge, razor-sharp claws and a stout but powerful toothless beak that ripped smaller animals apart. Looking like a giant turkey on stilts, it stood about 10 feet...

Earth-sized planets roam between the stars

Earth sized planets that could harbour life roam the darkness of space - between the stars, according to new research. The wandering worlds - known as 'free floating' or 'orphan' planets - have been detected for the first time. They cross the Milky Way without companion planets or even a star - and there are probably billions out there. And despite having no sunlight organisms could survive in hydrothermal vents - opening up more opportunities in the search for extra...

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