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.


At Somerset College we have a long history of providing degrees that ensures our students can go on to find excellent careers. We have strong links with employers and understand what they are looking for. Our courses include internships, ‘live projects’ and work placements so that students are fully equipped for the workplace.

We have an achievement rate of 97% for university courses and many past students are employed by prestigious companies such as the BBC, Fat Face, Holmes and Marchant, Vivienne Westwood, Honda and Selfridges.

The college has been a leader in education in Taunton for over 155 years, working in partnership with Plymouth University for the last two decades to deliver degree programmes in Somerset. Now, we are strengthening our relationship with the Open University, enabling us to develop bespoke courses that prepare students for particular careers, and we are quality assured by one of the world’s best-known universities.

To ensure the very best educational experience for our students, we provide high levels of tutor contact in a friendly supportive environment. We believe this sets us apart from many other universities. In addition, our staff have excellent first-hand experience in industry, as well as strong on going links. That is of great benefit when it comes to enhancing students’ experience and understanding of the workplace.

Friendly and Welcoming

We have high levels of tutor contact – quality one-to-one time with your tutor, and easy access to excellent facilities. Our welcoming environment offers less stress and more focus than large universities; it’s a friendly, safe environment in which to learn. We are a well-established college dating back over 150 years. We have been successfully providing university studies for over 20 years and we have a history of being highly responsive to market trends and student needs. Our degree courses fully equip students to meet the demands of modern industry.

Our Students Succeed

The college has a large portfolio of degrees from which to choose; we enjoy high retention rates with students achieving significant academic success. Our courses have a growing national and regional reputation for innovation and quality, while excellent links with local, regional and national employers are an outstanding asset for students seeking to fulfil their ambitions. Our Commitment to educate for sustainable development means you will also learn about the challenges faced by future generations.

Equality and Diversity

We celebrate diversity, value the worth of every individual and respect the contributions each person makes to the community. We encourage you tell us about any additional needs, learning difficulties you have so that we can take positive action to assist you. Our dedicated Learning Support Team is available to discuss your requirements and assist in developing the best support for you. Whatever your needs we are here to help.

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University Study Centre

The College has a designated university Study Centre that contains a large number of both PC and Apple Mac computers, printers, photocopiers, reference books, e-books, a wide range of electronic resources. It also has accessibility facilities, and electronic equipment for hire such as laptops, cameras, camcorders. The Centre includes a quiet working area, group working space and presentation rooms.

University Common Room

We have a dedicated common room where university students can relax and socialise. It has its own food bar, WiFi, computer games and a wide screen TV.

Sports Centre

The College benefits from its own sports facilities, including an athletics track and outdoor education activities adjacent to the River Tone.

The Atrium

This College hub houses the Boulevard which offers a range of refreshments from cappuccinos and snacks to cooked meals throughout the day.

There are also a number of services open to students, staff and the public, managed by staff and run by students. These include Venture Travel, our travel agency; the Hair and Beauty Salon and professional Graduate Hair Salon; plus the Quantock Restaurant, which offers speciality coffees and delicious lunches and dinners.

Fresher’s Fair

The Fresher’s Fair is held at the start of term and is a great opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy all the activities on offer.

Clubs and activities

There are a huge number of student events, activities and clubs. On campus there is an excellent sports hall, sports field and athletics track, used for all kinds of activities including football, volleyball, basketball, netball, dance and trampolining.

In-house printing unit

The in-house printing unit is based in the Art and Design Centre. Services include photocopying, large format printing, a full range of finishing options including bookbinding, laminating and folding. It also stocks a large range of stationery to meet your needs.

Art and Design Centre

Our historic Art and Design centre is about to undergo a major refurbishment, in order to enhance the support we provide to the creative industries in our region.

Following a £12million investment the new Arts House will offer state-of-the-art facilities, enabling Somerset College to deliver education and training that meet the needs of employers and give students every chance to shine.

Health and Social Care Centre

This area is specific to those studying Health and Social Care and Childhood Studies. Students are able to enjoy modern classrooms and the latest technology in the Health and Social Care building.

Technology Centre

The technology building is home to computing and engineering students and houses specialist computers as well as hardware labs.

Industry Skills Centre

This recently refurbished, purpose-built facility houses a mixture of classrooms and workshops for the full range of construction and automotive courses on offer.

Students studying automotive courses are taught in large open workshops and supplied with equipment including the latest VOSA Spec testing equipment and chassis dynamometer. The workshop works in conjunction with the world leader in automotive equipment, Snap-on, which enables students to use the very latest diagnostic equipment and continue our research into hybrid vehicle systems, alternative fuels and engine performance enhancement.

Whether you are going on to further studies, employment or setting up your own business, Somerset College provides you with the best possible tools to succeed.

Great careers

Some of the best tutors in the country are to be found here at Somerset College. They come with a host of excellent experience - bringing with them the industry knowledge, understanding and contacts that are of vital benefit to their students. They take the time to find out about their students, find out what they want to achieve, and work closely with them to make sure they succeed. In such an encouraging atmosphere you can find out who you really are.

Our graduates go on to work at many levels across a wide range of industry, commerce and the public sector. Some also branch out to become self-employed and work within small, entrepreneurial businesses.

Here is a short but varied list of the kinds of high profile organisations our graduates have worked for:

  • Agent Provocateur       
  • Arcadia group
  • All Saints   
  • Amdac Carmichael
  • BBC          
  • Design Bridge
  • Design at Debenhams 
  • Designers Guild
  • Fat Face    
  • Dreamworks
  • Honda       
  • Jigsaw
  • Holmes & Marchant     
  • Howies
  • Matsui Babcock           
  • B Studio
  • NHS          
  • Pentagram
  • Sassi Holford               
  • Selfridges
  • Ted Baker
  • The Partners                
  • Timorous Beasties
  • Vivienne Westwood

Many of our degree students attend and exhibit at many national industry shows. This is vital to showcase their talents whilst making important industry contacts and potential clients once they have graduated.

Taunton is the largest town in Somerset with Somerset College only ten minutes’ walk from the lively town centre.

You won’t find a more convenient, safe and welcoming destination anywhere in the South West with such a fantastic mix of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Halls of Residence

Our halls of residence are set in tranquil parkland, there are 192 study bedrooms grouped into clusters of six or seven, each sharing a well-equipped kitchen/diner.

Each bedroom is en-suite and furnished with a single bed, bedside table, wardrobe, desk, chair, curtains, shelf and pin board. Every room has broadband wireless connection for your laptop (PC or Mac).

Nightlife

Taunton comes to life at night boasting an array of cafés, bars and restaurants. There is a great atmosphere in the town centre in the evening.

The club scene is well supported by students, with a number of clubs to choose from. Resident and guest DJ’s bring their musical influences to the town’s venues with each nightclub attracting a dedicated crowd.

Culture

The Tacchi-Morris Centre and The Brewhouse Theatrehosts a range of drama and dance performances, classical music and jazz. There is an Odeon cinema and two local film clubs showing the best in world cinema and classic films.

Festivals

Glastonbury is right on our doorstep, so if festivals are your scene, you are definitely in the right place. 

Shopping

From big High Street names to small specialist retailers, there is a wide range throughout Taunton, offering fantastic shopping facilities for all tastes and budgets.

Sport

Taunton is home to Somerset County Cricket ground. There is also a racecourse for a special day out. There are plenty of leisure centres and gyms to choose from as well as football, rugby and other clubs outside of the College.

Beyond Somerset

The buzz of a big city is less than an hour away with Bristol and Exeter within easy reach.

If you prefer the outdoor life there are two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty nearby, the Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills, as well as Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park. Taunton is within an hour’s reach of the coast, so don’t forget to bring your surfboard!

Student Union

The College has a very active Students’ Union with its own Higher Education President as well as a Welfare Officer, an Events Officer, and a Finance Officer. They strive to ensure students have a great experience at the College and are always keen to hear student views.

The Students’ Union organises many social and fundraising events for, and with, students throughout the year, including the annual Fresher’s Fair. This is held at the start of the Academic year and is a great opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy all the activities on offer.

Recent activities and events organised by the Student Union have included regular mixed-age nights at local nightclubs, a theme park day trips, paintballing, go-karting and various enrichment activities such as salsa classes, DJ club and singing and music club. There are also lots of events and activities organised at our Halls of Residence which all students over the age of 18 can get involved in.

Information Open Days

Here’s a chance to find out more about Somerset College with a group of other potential applicants. Come to one of our open evenings, where you’ll have a chance to speak with students and teaching staff alike. That way, you can get a feel for what we offer, and see our state-of-the-art facilities for yourself.

Open Evening dates for the 2014/15 academic year are as follows:

Wednesday 21 January 2015

17:30-20:00

For more information please click here 

Wednesday 11 March 2015

17:30 – 20:00

For more information please click here

Wednesday 10 June 2015

17:30-20:00

For more information please click here 

 
 
 

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Somerset College 
Wellington Road
Taunton
Somerset
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