Killer Penguins, Asteroids and Maple Leaves

By Shawn Smith
Posted 8/28/2013

Wednesday in Science, we're reading about killer penguins, texting moms, asteroid mining, designing a more pleasurable condom and a maple leaf controversy in Canada. Check out these and other science headlines from around the Web.

No Escape from a Hungry Penguin: Hungry penguins with tiny video cameras strapped to their backs have given scientists a rare glimpse of their killer feeding habits, reports The Guardian. In more than 14 hours of filming using cameras strapped to 11 Adélie penguins, not once did a bird fail to capture its prey. Penguins are such efficient killers, most of their victims have no time to hide, while others try in vain to flee. Watch it all on Penguin-cam.

The Last 925,000 Pounds Are Always the Hardest: Boston's citywide challenge to lose one million pounds in a year appears to have fallen about 925,000 pounds short, The Wall Street Journal reports. With just a few months left to go, the city's collective weight loss has reached only about 75,000 pounds. Why did the city diet fail? Maybe it was the "Scooper Bowl" all-you-can-eat ice cream festival.


Queen Mary, University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With around 16,900 students, 3,000 staff and an annual budget of £300m, we are one of the biggest University of London colleges. We teach and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, social sciences, law, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, we are the only London university able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with a 2,000-bed award-winning student village at our Mile End home.

Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College.

The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic centre to provide east Londoners with educational, cultural and social activities. Queen Mary College was admitted to the University of London in 1915. Westfield College was founded in 1882 in Hampstead as a pioneering college for the higher education of women. In 1989 Queen Mary merged with Westfield College to form Queen Mary and Westfield College.

In 1995, Queen Mary and Westfield merged again, this time with two distinguished medical colleges, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, established in 1843, and the London Hospital Medical College, England's first medical school, founded in 1785. This merger created Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and brought clinical medical and dental teaching to Queen Mary for the first time.

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75%

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Computer Science
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Computer Science
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Computer Science
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Computer Science and Multimedia
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£7,200
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Computer Science and Multimedia
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58% of assessment by written exam
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38%

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60%

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69%

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78%

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53%

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£9,000
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£9,000
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£9,000
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£9,000
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Computer Science with Business Management
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Computer Science with Business Management
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78%

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38%

Assessment
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60%

Academic Support
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69%

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well-organised and run smoothly

78%

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£9,000
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£9,000
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£9,000
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Computer Science with Business Management and Accounting
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Computer Systems Engineering
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£9,000
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Computer Systems Engineering
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£7,200
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