Bumblebees fly a mile for food

A study by the University of East Anglia has found that hungry bumblebees travel more than a mile to find food.

Artist's impression shows how the 'near-miss' asteroid might look passing in-between Earth and its communication satellites

'Near-miss' Asteroid heads for Earth

An asteroid the size of a small office block will pass Earth tonight in one of the closest 'near-misses' in recent history.

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Nobel Prize for Cambridge scientist

A Cambridge scientist has won this year's Nobel Prize for medicine. John Gurdon, who founded the Gurdon Institute, shares the prize with Shinya Yamanaka of Japan.

The pair found that specialised cells in the body can be reprogrammed into blank slates that can become any kind of cell.

Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon
Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon Credit: The Gurdon Institute

The prize committee in Stockholm said they had "revolutionised our understanding of how cells and organisms develop".


Scientist swallows pill cam

A professor from the Institiute of Food Research in Norwich has swallowed a special pill which doubles as a camera - to give an insider's view of what goes on in his stomach.

It'll be taking pictures showing what happens when Professor Simon Carding eats and digests his food


£6m backing for GM crop trials

Scientists based in Norwich have won a £6.4 million grant to develop GM crops that need little or no fertiliser.

It is hoped the work at the John Innes Centre in Norwich will benefit struggling maize farmers in sub-Saharan Africa who cannot afford to treat their crops.

Plant scientists at the independent unit are trying to engineer corn, rice and maize crops capable of taking nitrogen from the air - as peas and beans do - rather than needing chemical ammonia spread on fields.

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