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Stunning time-lapse photograph of the night sky

This stunning shot of the night sky was taken by a photographer in Staffordshire.

This time-lapse was shot in a photographer's back garden in Staffordshire over the course of several hours. Credit: RSE Photography

It centres on Polaris, commonly know as the North Star, over the course of several hours.

The time-lapse shows the rest of the visible objects, including stars and planets, rotating around, some in almost perfect circles.


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Cheltenham's dinosaurs pulling in the crowd

Thousands of people are heading to the Cheltenham Science Festival, which has been using dinosaurs to pull in the crowds.

The story of how they became extinct is one of the most popular displays - although there is plenty more on offer - including speakers like Professors Brian Cox and Alice Roberts.

"We are putting the best people in front of our audiences, to highlight the best science. It's fun and informative, and people from all over the UK and the world are coming to the Science Festival".

– Ashley Kent, Cheltenham Science Festival

The festival runs until Sunday - see the full programme here.

Why do we have animal testing?

File picture of a laboratory Credit: Grgur Zucko/PIXSELL/Pixsell/Press Association Images

The group Pro-Test, which says it is "standing up for science", says "without animal research, medicine as we know it today wouldn't exist".

The Medical Research Council says that the use of animals in medical research has made an "important contribution" to advances in medicine and has helped improve the health of both humans and animals.

"In accordance with the law, research using animals is only undertaken when there is no alternative research technique and the expected benefits outweigh any adverse effects."

"Whilst it is acknowledged that animal models are not a perfect model for humans, the use of animals in biomedical research remains essential. Alternative techniques cannot always reproduce the complexity of a living creature."

It says research using animals is essential in developing treatments for conditions like strokes, AIDS, and cancer.

Nottingham animal rights march: calls for 'immediate abandonment' of experiments on animals

Demonstrators will mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories today in Nottingham by calling for the end of experiments on animals. The organiser says:

Abolishing the Victorian method of research dating back 200 years of using animals will not only benefit animals, amend a 65-year-old law that is out of date with modern scientific understanding, it will also free up £50 billion a year towards finding cures for humans, everyone wins.

– Alex Irving, "No to Animal Experiments"

700 animal rights demonstrators expected in Nottingham

File picture of beagles Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Animal lovers will march through Nottingham city centre today to mark World Day for Animals in Laboratories.

600-700 campaigners are expected to attend to raise awareness of what they call the "outdated science of animal experiments".

They want the government to stop experiments on animals.


Cat DNA used to convict killer for the first time

Scientists have used cat DNA to convict a killer for the first time Credit: PA

DNA taken from cats has been used for the first time in the UK in a criminal investigation to convict a man of killing and dismembering his friend.

Scientists from the University of Leicester were called in by detectives investigating the discovery of a man's body found on a beach.

Scientists analysing DNA samples at the University of Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

The dismembered body of David Guy was found on a beach in Southsea in Hampshire in July last year.

David Guy's body was found on a beach in Hampshire Credit: ITV News Central

He was wrapped in a curtain covered in cat hairs. Identical hairs were found in a flat belonging to David Hilder. He was cleared of Mr Guy's murder but convicted of mansalughter.

Picture released of Mars rover that may have found evidence of life

Curiosity Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity – the rover being directed by scientists including Dr John Bridges from the University of Leicester, may have found evidence of life.

An image has been released by NASA, who now believe, after analysing rock samples, that Mars could have once supported living microbes.

Dr John Bridges, from the University of Leicester is one of two UK participating scientists on the mission.

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