The newly published QS World University Rankings has seen the UK's number rise to 6 in the top 20. Since the previous ranking, Edinburgh University and Kings College London shot up the table, rising from 21st to 17th and 26th to 19th respectively. A great result for the UK, it underlines the prestige involved with attaining a degree from these top institutions.
The latest Virgin Galactic spaceship trials have proved successful and brings the idea of space tourism one step closer to reality. The scheduled test flight last Thursday went smoothly as the galactic spaceship easily broke the sound barrier. The craft reached '69,000 feet above the planet' and hit 'a maximum speed of Mach 1.43'.
It has been announced that Ministry of Sound are set to sue Spotify over copyright infringement of their compilation albums. The dance music giant is asking that Spotify remove users' playlists which mirror their own compilation albums. An interesting case, The Guardian have noted that it will 'hinge on whether compilation albums qualify for copyright protection due to the selection and arrangement involved in putting them together'.
You may have had the feeling that more wasps have been around these past few weeks and certainly you wouldn't be wrong. The late spring and long winter has meant that there are 'record numbers' of wasps around for this time of year. Having fulfilled their duties to their queen it has been reported that the wasps 'have nothing to do but laze around getting drunk on fermenting fruit'.
A UK company has launched an almost paper-thin keyboard that is 'less than 0.5mm thick'. Utilising the company's newly launched CSR1010 chip, the keyboard wirelessly connects to iOS 7 and Windows 8 devices. The keyboard has great potential for use with tablet devices as it could 'be integrated into a protective cover', maximising screen space.
Transfer deadline day again proved to be a frantic affair this year with some heavyweight deals being pushed through. Topping the list of names were Gareth Bale, finally completing his move to Real Madrid, Mesut Özil, who completed a £43 million move to Arsenal, and Marouanne Fellaini, who left it late in the day to agree a £27 million deal with Manchester United. Here are our pick of the transfers on the final day.
Whilst pubs in the UK continue to face an uphill battle, the 2014 edition of the Good Pub Guide has argued that it is about time that the "bad pubs" went out of business. A controversial stance, and one that has riled many in the industry, the guide goes on to state that around 2,500-4,000 pubs will close in the next year but these are 'pubs in the wrong place, chasing the wrong market'. Some landlords have stood by this realising that the industry is evolving whilst others believe there is so much more against the industry which is forcing closures.
In the latest Oxford Dictionary update, a collection of new terms have found their way into the canon. Among these terms technology has had quite an impact, inspiring a number of the newly introduced terms. One term which has caused the biggest stir is twerk;, 'a dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance'. A recent craze, celebrities who have been found twerking include Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.
Driving home from the lab, two researchers began studying the habits of birds during their journey and spotted some interesting behaviour. Depending on the speed limits, whether it was say 110km an hour or 50km an hour, the birds would take off closer or further away from the vehicle. So in the 50km an hour zone, the birds had got into the habit of taking off 15 metres away and 'they did this even when faced with a car travelling faster on the slow road or slower on the fast road'.
A collaborative effort between the University of Bradford, Durham University and the National Museum of the Faroe Islands, has found evidence that the Faroe Islands were colonised some 300-500 years earlier than the Vikings were thought to have done. This research could shed light on the colonisation pattern for the North Atlantic region and the subsequent entry into North America.
A prize that has been running for 6 years now, Dave's Funniest Joke of The Fringe has been awarded to York comedian Rob Auton. The prize was given to Auton's joke which read; "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringing out an oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa". Joining the ranks of former winners Tim Vine and Stewart Francis, Auton's joke beat off competition from some similarly humorous one-liners.