Parking lot bones confirmed as Richard III

The University of Leicester has today confirmed that the bones found in a local council parking lot last year are indeed those of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle.

Team identifies auroras outside our solar system

University of Leicester planetary scientists believe they've found the first clear evidence that auroras occur outside our solar system.

What would hyperspace travel really look like?

Making the jump to lightspeed in the Millennium Falcon wouldn't look anything like the way it's depicted in the Star Wars movies, say University of Leicester students.

DNA tests continue on 'bones of Richard III'

British academics are denying a report by the Daily Telegraph that they have conclusive evidence that a body found beneath a Leicester parking lot is that of Richard III.

Warm Martian water could have harbored microbes

Not only was there once water on Mars - some of it was warm enough to support life, an analysis of meteorites shows.

Earphones 'as dangerous as noise from jet engines'

Earphones and headphones have for the first time been shown to damage the coating of nerve cells, leading to temporary deafness.

Bruce Willis won't save us if asteroid threatens

Fresh from explaining to us why Batman's cape wouldn't save him from crash-landing, University of Leicester students have moved on to raining on Bruce Willis's parade.

Why Batman needs a bigger cape

When Batman returns to movie theaters in The Dark Knight Rises later this month, one group of physicists will be tutting in disapproval.

Satellites reveal lost cities in Libya

Satellite imagery has revealed evidence of a lost Saharan civilisation in Libya’s south-western desert.

Biofuels 'as carbon intensive as gasoline'

A new study on greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations has found there's more than 50 percent more CO2 emissions than previously thought – making them no better than gasoline.

Planets smashed to smithereens near supermassive black holes

The fat, doughnut-shaped clouds of dust that surround about half of supermassive black holes could be the remnants of planets and asteroids that have smashed into each other at incredible speeds.

Team finds new class of black hole

Astronomers believe they've found a new type of black hole, following observations of the most extreme ultra-luminous X-ray source yet discovered.    

Tinted windows generate power

Norwegian firm Ensol and the University of Leicester have developed a spray-on coating for windows that acts as a solar cell.