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Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

The size and weight of a T. rex would have prevented it from moving faster than 20km/h, research suggests. University of Manchester scientists used a new computer simulation to assess the speed of the massive biped. More »

Is there such a thing as 'flying ant day'?

We are all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day". A new study appears to have solved the mystery, using data submitted by the public. More »

Why the cheetah is a champion sprinter

They are the sprinters of the animal world - cheetahs on land, falcons in the air and marlins in the sea. But, why are they so fast when bigger, more muscular animals might be expected to outpace them. More »

Newquay is go!

A British team is developing a car that will be capable of reaching 1,000mph. Powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter-Typhoon jet engine, thevehicle will first mount an assault on the world land speed record. More »

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square... More »