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Boy finds 480 million-year-old fossil using set he got for Christmas

Boy finds 480 million-year-old fossil using set he got for Christmas

Technology
A six-year-old boy has found a fossil up to 488 million years old while digging in his garden with a fossil-hunting set he received for Christmas.Siddak Sing Jhamat, known as Sid, had been digging in his garden in Walsall, in the West Midlands, "for worms and things like pottery and bricks", he said. "I just came across this rock which looked a bit like a horn, and thought it could be a tooth or a claw or a horn, but it was actually a piece of coral which is called horn coral. I was really excited about what it really was." Image: The fossil dates back to the era of Pangea, 488 million years ago. Pic: Vish Singh/PA His father Vish Singh said: "We were surprised he found something so odd-shaped in the soil."He found a horn coral, and s...
Bristol dinosaur’s brain rebuilt using digital technology

Bristol dinosaur’s brain rebuilt using digital technology

Technology
Digital technology has been used to rebuild the brain of Thecodontosaurus, giving new insights into one of the earliest dinosaurs to roam the planet.Better known as the Bristol dinosaur after its fossils were found in the city in the 1830s, it was only the fourth dinosaur to be named. Research now suggests it may have eaten meat and moved fast on two legs - after palaeontologists used 3D modelling and advanced imaging of fossils to reconstruct its brain.They concluded the small dinosaur was possibly carnivorous, unlike its giant long-necked later relatives Diplodocus and Brontosaurus, which only fed on plants.Antonio Ballell, lead author of the University of Bristol study, said: "Our analysis of Thecodontosaurus' brain uncovered many fascinating features, some of which were quite surprisin...
More calls for help for arts freelancers who ‘face using food banks’

More calls for help for arts freelancers who ‘face using food banks’

Entertainment
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You can earn 7.35% on FDs using ETMONEY: Here’s how

You can earn 7.35% on FDs using ETMONEY: Here’s how

Finance
Interest rates on fixed deposits (FDs) have been continuously falling for a couple years now due to which many Indians are now earning returns that barely beat inflation. ETMONEY, a Times Internet-owned online wealth management app, has partnered with Bajaj Finance to offer online FDs to investors that come with assured returns of up to 7.35 percent, which is much higher than interest rates on bank FDs. The features of this offering include flexible interest payouts, tenures ranging from 12 to 60 months, and higher interest rates for senior citizens. "The convenience of investing using ETMONEY in a seamless and 100% paperless manner along with the safety of this investment instrument can help millions of Indian investors plan their short-term financial goals with confidence," stated an E...
Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Technology
The government has told care homes and the public to immediately stop using coronavirus testing kits produced by a healthcare firm after safety problems were discovered.The government said all labs must pause the use of COVID-19 test kits produced by Randox laboratories "with immediate effect until further notice". It said the tests, which were used as part of the NHS system, failed to meet safety standards.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been a problem with the swabs but there was no suggestion that test results were affected.He told the Commons on Thursday: "We've identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we'll be carrying out further testing of this batch as a precautionary measure. ...