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Boaty McBoatface to dive into the abyss on first Antarctic mission

Credit: University of Southampton

Boaty McBoatface is to join ocean scientists on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth – known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) – and how they affect climate change.

Boaty McBoatface is an unmanned submersible, developed by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton. It was given the name following last year’s campaign to name the UK’s new polar research ship. Although the Boaty McBoatface was the popular winner of the naming contest, the ship will instead be named after famous naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

The submersible is now embarking on its first Antarctic research mission.

The team of researchers from the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will assess water flow and underwater turbulence in the Orkney Passage, a region of the Southern Ocean around 3,500m deep and roughly 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula.

Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato is the the lead scientist of the research cruise Credit: University of Southampton

Our goal is to learn enough about these convoluted processes to represent them (for the first time) in the models that scientists use to predict how our climate will evolve over the 21st century and beyond.”

– Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato, lead scientist, University of Southampton

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Do you know what your child is thinking?

Every parent must wonder at some point: just what is my baby thinking?

An innovative research programme, based in Brighton, is now attempting to answer that question - looking through the eyes of toddlers.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Alice Skelton, from University of Sussex, and mothers Anna Ford and Natalie Davis.

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Cancer United - patients fight back with first gym of its kind in UK

'Rest is best' used to be the mantra for patients battling cancer.

Now a charity, born from a garage in Sussex, is challenging that with a gym and fitness classes designed specifically for those suffering from the disease.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to CU Fitness users Stephen Kingley and Gillian Redman, as well as Cancer United founder Jan Sheward and trainer Dwayne Clevett.

It's second time around for space man Tim Peake

Tim Peake will go back into space for the second time Credit: ITV

Sussex astronaut Tim Peake will be returning to the International Space Station for another mission.

The 44-year-old, father of two, announced the news at the London Science Museum, where his former spacecraft is on display.

Myself and my classmates from 2009, we are all going to get the second mission to the space station which is wonderful. The work that is being done on board the space station is incredibly important and also tremendously exciting as well.

– Major Tim Peake

Maj Peak spent 186 days in space and during his time there, he took part in 250 science experiments, ran the London Marathon and did a space walk.

Scientist returns from all-female Antarctica expedition

A scientist from Kent has just returned from the largest ever all-female expedition to Antarctica.

Professor Lindsay Stringer from Gravesend has been on the Homeward Bound trip - twenty days at sea designed to promote leadership by women in the scientific field.

Sarah Saunders reports:

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