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Scientists seek chocolate eaters for new trial

Scientists in Norwich are looking for volunteers to take part in a trial which involves eating chocolate.

Chocolate bars Credit: PA Images

Researchers at the University of East Anglia are trying to find out if eating certain foods can reduce or even reverse memory loss in old age.

It is hoped the study could help in the fight against dementia.

Scientists finally able to recreate one of world's most bizarre fossils

A new study in Cambridge has uncovered more details of a bizarre fossil. Credit: Left: Jean-Bernard Caron Right: Danielle Dufault

Scientists at Cambridge University have finally completed a reconstruction of one of the most bizarre fossils ever found.

The Hallucigenia lived half a billion years ago and is related to modern insects and crustaceans.

For the first time, experts have been able to identify features of Hallucigenia's head, including its simple eyes and needle-like teeth.

The video above shows a recreation of how the creature would have walked.


CSI Essex solve bones mystery

Ancient bones that that were recovered by an Essex Police Crime Scene Investigator date back to Roman Times.

The mystery was solved after the bones were discovered by builders working on a housing development on Debden Road in Saffron Walden.

It soon became clear they were human bones but no-one knew how old they were.

So CSI Hilary Miller took up the case and sent photos to experts at Dundee University.

The Roman remains found in Essex Credit: Essex Police

"The bones in the images are human in origin and include a right legbone and part of the left femur lying in anatomical position which would be consistent with a previously undisturbed burial”.

– Dundee University

The final step in solving the mystery saw the bones being examined by an archaeology expert from Essex County Council, who confirmed that the bones were human, ‘beyond living memory’.

As Roman and late Iron Age artefacts have previously been found on the opposite side of Debden Road, as well as the condition of the bones, it is thought that the remains may date back to Roman times.

They've now gone on display at Saffron Walden Museum.

CSI Hilary Miller hands over the remains to Carolyn Wingfield from Saffron Walden Museum Credit: Essex Police


Scientists at the UEA study the purpose of men

It seems every day scientists are coming up with new insights into human behaviour.

So how about this from those working at the University of East Anglia?

They're looking at the controversial issue of whether men serve any useful purpose at all.

It is research that is bound to provoke quite a response.

ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson went in search of answers. Click below to watch his report.

What's the point of men? scientists find the answer studying beetles

Beetles used to study the purpose of men Credit: ITV News Anglia

New research from the University of East Anglia looking at the sexual habits of beetles has come up with a conclusion to the existence of men.

Scientists were looking at the reasons why men haven't become extinct, given that their only contribution to reproduction is sperm.

The study found that rather than evolving to have an asexual population of women who reproduce only daughters - having men who have to compete to find a mate leads to a healthier population and better gene pool.

The study found that male beetles which didn't have to compete to find a mate became extinct after 10 generations.

So what is the point of men ? we spoke to people on Norwich Market to find out.

Click below to watch a short clip.

Students head to Holland with their 'eco car'

Students from the College of West Anglia with their 'eco car' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Students from the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn are heading to Holland today to show off their new eco car.

They were challenged to build a car that will go the furthest on one litre of fuel. They'll battle against 3000 students from across Europe.

'Eco car' designed by students Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We hope to double the miles per hour we got last year and we're hoping that the changes that we made will allow us to do that. So new body work, new engine system, hopefully that will all add up to the goal we're aiming for"

– Tyler Griffin and Sam Fletcher, engineering students
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