Grammars fuel house price rise: Town renowned for its schools sees biggest increase anywhere in the UK during 2012

Grammars fuel house price rise: Town renowned for its schools sees biggest increase anywhere in the UK during 2012Property prices in Southend-on-sea, Essex up by nearly 15 per cent | UPDATED: 00:26 GMT, 27 December 2012 A town renowned for its grammar schools enjoyed a bigger rise in house prices this year than anywhere else in the UK, research revealed today.

West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises the alarm over rise in sea levels

West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises new alarm over rise in sea levelsAverage temperatures have risen 2.4C since the Fifties, study showsWest Antarctic ice sheet contains enough water to raise sea by 3.3m Sea levels have risen by about 20cm (8in) over the past century By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 West Antarctica is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, a new study shows, heightening fears of a catastrophic thaw that raise water levels from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Peaceful and idyllic images of the frozen north reveal the beauty of nature"s glaciers and ice deserts

Peaceful and idyllic images of the frozen north reveal the beauty of nature's glaciers and ice deserts | UPDATED: 23:59 GMT, 23 December 2012 Surreal and transfixing pictures of icebergs, glaciers and cliffs reveal the different colors and hues of beautiful frozen wastelands of Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and the Faroe Islands.

Japan scrambles F-15s after Chinese government plane flies near disputed East China Islands

Japan scrambles F-15s after Chinese government plane flies near disputed East China Islands First time Chinese aircraft has 'violated airspace over disputed islands'China says it is merely carrying out a normal operationJapan has issued formal protest after sending six F15s to the area | UPDATED: 19:46 GMT, 13 December 2012 Japanese fighter jets were scrambled today after a Chinese plane was spotted over the disputed East China Sea Islands. The F-15s were sent to the remote islands which are controlled by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing as the territorial row between the two nations grows. It is the first time a Chinese aircraft has violated the airspace over the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China

Britain"s new Navy carriers will sail without crucial radar technology for five years

Britain's new Navy carriers will sail without crucial radar technology for five years | UPDATED: 02:13 GMT, 2 December 2012 Britain's new aircraft carriers will put to sea without a crucial safety feature. Ministry of Defence sources revealed yesterday that radar technology which warns commanders of incoming enemy warplanes and missiles may not be ready until five years after the first of the 7 billion warships enters service in 2017. The Royal Navy’s ageing Sea King helicopters, which currently provide the fleet’s Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system, will be retired in 2016