Roger Bilham, of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Philip England, of Oxford University, have solved the riddle of the Assam earthquake of 1897, the worst in modern history, attributing it to a blind thrust fault that created a type of quake that does not rupture the surface.
Moves to force medical researchers to seek patients' permission for every study will threaten epidemiological research, which relies upon trawling through millions of medical records.
A review of the careers service in universities revealed that many undergraduates receive little or no guidance and asked whether new rules will make a difference.
Nine out of ten students sitting some of the subjects in the first exams of the vocational A levels have failed, leaving teachers furious and students demotivated and worried about their future.
Rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge have been banned from a prestigious international regatta following claims of rowdy and drunken behaviour.
Charging a mobile telephone battery or powering a laptop computer could soon be achieved by plugging the device into a sweater or pair of trousers made of an electricity-bearing fabric, scientists at the University of Stuttgart believe.
High-fibre diets, a central tenet of healthy eating for the past 30 years, may do no good, according to Robert Goodlad of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
The pain and inconvenience of regular injections could become a thing of the past after a team of scientists at the universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow stumbled on a means of administering some drugs with an inhaler. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph )
Alberto Incoronato of the University of Naples Federico II and colleagues report that inhabitants of Herculaneum who tried to shelter from the the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 in boathouses on the beach were killed instantly by a cloud of gas heated to more than 500C. ( Guardian , Daily Telegraph , Times )
The superpowers could use asteroids to attack each other, Nigel Holloway of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority warns. ( Daily Mail , Times )