Re-discovered eco diaries shed new light on one of the world's most studied woods

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2014-12-12 00:00
Re-discovered diaries and photographs of ecological pioneer Charles Elton are providing a unique insight into the changing face of an Oxfordshire woodland.
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"The Germans started shouting to us 'come out'": Diary details World War I Christmas truce

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2014-12-12 00:00
A diary account of the famous Christmas Day football match of 1914, written by a Lieutenant who reckoned it would sound "a very tall story", is about to be revealed at the National Football Museum.
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Filth and porcupines: The Wellcome Collection's Institute of Sexology

24 Hour Museum - Fri, 2014-12-12 00:00
Marie Stopes' Married Love - a book which caused controversy almost a century ago - and Sigmund Freud's views on homosexuality are among the stand-outs at the Wellcome's major new display.
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VIDEO: Brand and Farage clash on immigration

BBC test - Thu, 2014-12-11 23:47
Comedian and campaigner Russell Brand calls UKIP leader Nigel Farage a "pound shop Enoch Powell", during a Question Time debate on immigration.
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VIDEO: Opera made for, and with, children

BBC test - Thu, 2014-12-11 20:20
The ENO's first ever children's opera, an adaptation of the best-selling picture book, The Way Back Home, opens in London.
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VIDEO: Meet the Author: Alex Schlacher

BBC test - Thu, 2014-12-11 19:02
Alex Schlacher tells Nick Higham about her book Arc of the Gurkha.
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VIDEO: More enquire to sue Scouts over abuse

BBC test - Thu, 2014-12-11 18:52
More alleged victims of child abuse in the Scouts come forward after the BBC reported that 56 people have begun legal action against the movement.
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Wessex Archaeology Supports The Trussell Trust

Wessex Archaeology - Thu, 2014-12-11 14:00

This year the staff at the Salisbury head office are entering into the Christmas spirit by bidding on the lovely Christmas tree that stands in the reception hall. The bidding (for staff only) currently stands at £12.00 – seems like a bargain to me! We are also selling raffle tickets – at a rate of knots! – for all the corporate gifts, including spirits, wines, biscuits and other festive goodies, that have been kindly given to us.  All the proceeds will go to The Trussell Trust, a local charity working to combat poverty and social exclusion. We would love to beat last year’s total of £145, and we are hoping that everyone will dig deep.  
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Danish Bronze Age glass beads traced to Egypt

Stonepages - Thu, 2014-12-11 11:48
An international collaboration between Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus, the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, and Institut de Recherche sur les Archéomatériaux (IRAMAT) at Orléans, France, has resulted in a...
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Stone age axe found with wood handle

Stonepages - Thu, 2014-12-11 11:47
Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a stone age axe held within its wooden handle. The 5,500-year-old Neolithic axe was found during archaeological surveys ahead of a...
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4,500 year-old skeleton show signs of bone cancer

Stonepages - Thu, 2014-12-11 11:46
More than 4,500 years ago, a Siberian man succumbed to a disease that left telltale signs on his bones. By the time it took him, the cancer had riddled his...
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AUDIO: Tackling police corruption and drugs

BBC test - Thu, 2014-12-11 11:40
There are changes taking place in the way allegations of police misconduct and corruption are dealt with in England and Wales.
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Eco-friendly Driver Training

Wessex Archaeology - Thu, 2014-12-11 11:04

Over the last week we have been putting some of our company drivers through an eco-driving package. This is a style of driving that not only improves road safety, but also causes less damage to the planet and the air we breathe by reducing vehicle emissions. Transport currently accounts for 20% of all air pollution emissions worldwide. Eco-driving is not about going slower, but about making more efficient use of the gears, and avoiding the unnecessary acceleration and braking which waste fuel. It involves improving one’s skills in defensive driving and hazard perception, requiring better awareness, anticipation and planning.  Staff who have completed the eco-driving package (part of our continuing investment in staff training) have noticed a real difference resulting from their improved vehicle control and better route planning. Most of them increased their fuel efficiency from under 50mpg before the training, to over 60mpg after it, which makes a very positive impact on our Co2 footprint.   
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VIDEO: Why are dog attacks on the rise?

BBC test - Thu, 2014-12-11 07:43
Research for an animal charity, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, has found that 30% of dog owners claim they have been bitten or attacked by someone else's dog.
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First images of historic San Francisco shipwreck, SS City of Rio de Janeiro revealed

Heritage Daily - Thu, 2014-12-11 02:44
NOAA and partners today released three-dimensional sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history.

On Feb. 22, 1901, in a dense morning fog, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro struck jagged rocks near the Golden Gate Bridge and sank almost immediately, killing 128 of the 210 passengers and crew aboard the ship.

Fishermen in the area, hearing the ship’s distress calls, helped rescue 82 survivors, many plucked from makeshift rafts and floating wreckage. The dead included Chinese and Japanese immigrants as well as the U.S. Consul-General in Hong Kong, who was returning to the U.S. on leave with his wife and two children. The entire family died in the tragedy.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Maritime Heritage Program is engaged in a two-year study to discover and document shipwrecks in Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and nearby Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

“We are undertaking this exploration of the San Francisco Bay in part to learn more about its maritime heritage as well as to test recent advances in technology that will allow us to better protect and understand the rich stories found beneath the Bay’s waters,” said James Delgado, director of maritime heritage for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. To date NOAA has plotted nine of nearly 200 ships including four never before found vessels.

Coda Octopus 3-D Echoscope sonar, downward view of the shipwreck SS City of Chester with sternpost, (left side of sonar image) compound steam engine and boilers (in blue middle of sonar image), and bow (right side of sonar image). Credit: Coda Octopus/NOAA

In November, Hibbard Inshore and Bay Marine Services donated a research vessel and crew, along with a high-powered remotely operated vehicle, to help NOAA pinpoint and map the City of Rio de Janeiro wreck site using three-dimensional Echoscope® sonar developed by Coda Octopus.

California-based salvagers found the wreck in the 1980s, but its exact location was unknown as the coordinates they provided did not coincide with any wreck charted by NOAA through years of sonar work.

During this expedition, Robert Schwemmer, West Coast Regional Maritime Heritage Coordinator, worked with Delgado and multibeam sonar expert Gary Fabian to locate the wreck site again. They located the site in 287 feet of water, positioned inside the main ship channel, and largely buried in mud.

Schwemmer and the Hibbard team captured the first detailed sonar and three-dimensional images of City of Rio resting in the dark, muddy waters outside the bridge.

The team also completed the first detailed map of S.S. City of Chester, which was rediscovered late last year in the vicinity of City of Rio. To see video of City of Rio, photographs and other materials, visit

“The level of detail and clarity from the sonar survey is amazing,” Schwemmer said. “We now have a much better sense of both wrecks, and of how they not only sank, but what has happened to them since their loss.”

Blair Cunningham, President of Technology, Coda Octopus Products Inc., said “we are extremely pleased the Echoscope® has proven to be an excellent archaeological tool, providing unrivalled imaging. We look forward to working with NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries in the future.”

City of Rio de Janeiro, launched in 1878, joined the fleet of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, carrying passengers and freight to and from San Francisco, Honolulu, Yokohama, Japan and Hong Kong as America expanded into the Far East and Pacific after the Civil War. Most Americans whose ancestors came to the United States from the Far East in the 19th and early 20th centuries to start a new life arrived on ships like City of Rio de Janeiro.

City of Rio de Janeiro was rumored to be full of silver treasure, but Delgado said accounts of a shipment of “Chinese silver” were actually bars of tin. “Today the wreck is broken and filled with mud, and it is a sealed grave in fast, dangerous waters in the main shipping lanes,” he said.

Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary encompasses nearly 1,300 square miles of of ocean and coastal waters beyond California’s Golden Gate Bridge. The sanctuary supports an abundance of species including the largest breeding seabird rookery in the contiguous United States, and other species such as whales and white sharks.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.

NOAA Headquarters

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VIDEO: Touring Liverpool's first '£1 home'

BBC test - Thu, 2014-12-11 01:25
Liverpool's first "£1 home" has been fully refurbished by its new owners in time for Christmas.
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Palisaded settlement and Iron Age roundhouse reveal story of prehistoric Scottish communities

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2014-12-11 00:00
Archaeologists have published their findings from an excavation at Ravelrig Hill, a site overlooking Edinburgh which was first investigated in 2009.
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Art's Halo Effect: Maria Balshaw on the developing art infrastructure in Manchester

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2014-12-11 00:00
As a major artwork by Ryan Gander is unveiled in Beswick, Culture24 hears from the Director of Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth about the changing cultural landscape of the north-west.
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Russian reindeer given to British submarine crew during World War II becomes BBC One star

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2014-12-11 00:00
A reindeer which was loaded through the torpedo hatch of a Trident submarine with a barrel of moss in a gift from Russian allies is about to have its story told on The One Show.
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Axeheads, burials, knives and more from the Viking cemetery which amazed archaeologists in Cumbria

24 Hour Museum - Thu, 2014-12-11 00:00
The latest work by archaeologists at Cumwhitton, in Cumbria, has been nominated for a prestigious archaeological award. See some of the discoveries made at the site since 2004.
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