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/ 16 January 2008

A ‘mouse’ larger than a bull

Scientists in Uruguay have found the fossil remains of a 1 000kg rodent that lived two million to four million years ago — the largest rodent found to date. The giant creature probably ate soft food such as fruit or tender plants, Andres Rinderknecht and Ernesto Blanco reported on Wednesday.

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/ 27 December 2007

Reactors could burn weapons plutonium

A new generation of nuclear power plants could burn 100 tonnes of surplus weapons-grade plutonium as a good way of keeping it away from terrorists, according to scientists working for the European Union. Most of Britain’s weapons-grade plutonium is held in bunkers at the Sellafield complex in Cumbria, behind three perimeters of razor wire.