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Scientists create shapeshifting robots that can turn themselves into liquid

Scientists have created shapeshifting robots that can switch between liquid and metal states. "We're pushing this material system in more practical ways to solve some very specific medical and engineering problems," said Chengfeng Pan, an engineer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong who led the study. Researchers made the robots navigate obstacle courses among other things. readmore...


New record for talking via brain implant set at 62 words a minute: US researchers

Researchers at Stanford University in US have claimed that a new record has been set for communicating thoughts to words through a brain implant. According to their study, a 67-year-old woman who lost her power of speech because of ALS was able to communicate via implant at a rate of 62 words per minute, 3.4 times faster than previous record. readmore...


Scientists digitally unwrap 2,300-year-old mummy with 'golden heart'

A new digital scan has revealed details about a teenage boy who was mummified in Egypt about 2,300 years ago. The body was extensively decorated with 49 amulets, including a golden heart scarab stuck down the throat and a golden tongue inside the mouth. A two-finger amulet was found placed beside the penis. readmore...


11,000-year-old human remains found in a cave in UK

An archaeologist from UK has discovered the remains of some of northern Britain’s earliest humans. Human remains unearthed in a cave in Cumbria are said to be 11,000 years old. It's believed that one of the men was buried with jewellery, a fragment of which was found in the complex. The site was first excavated in 1958. readmore...


Pic of suspected UFO released by US officials

The US military is investigating a suspected UFO after a large, round metallic object was spotted by a spy plane over a conflict zone. The UFO's image was taken in April 2016 over Iraq's Mosul city. The image, part of a classified briefing for US officials, was shared by ufologist Jeremy Corbell and journalist George Knapp on their podcast 'Weaponized'. readmore...


Box truck-sized asteroid to pass Earth tonight in one of the closest ever approaches

A box truck-sized asteroid will pass Earth in one of the closest such encounters ever recorded, NASA stated. It added that the Asteroid 2023 BU would pass 3,600 km above the southern tip of South America at 12.27 am (GMT) on Friday. NASA further said it'd be a near miss with no chance of hitting Earth. readmore...


Mysterious blue spiral spotted in sky over Hawaii; video goes viral

A Japanese telescope has captured a blue flying spiral of light in the sky over Hawaii. The Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea captured a video of the blue whirlpool on January 18 and shared the visuals on social media. "The spiral seems to be related to SpaceX's launch of a new satellite," the official Twitter account of the telescope said. readmore...


Scientists discover new type of plateau in Western Ghats

Scientists at Pune's Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) have discovered a new low-altitude basalt plateau in the Western Ghats' Thane region. The plateau, now listed as the fourth plateau type in the mountain range, houses 76 plant and shrub species from 24 families, which the scientists say can hold clues to the impact of climate change on the survival of species. readmore...


Group of ancient family tombs unearthed in Egypt's Luxor, pics surface

An Egyptian archaeological mission discovered a group of family tombs in western bank of Luxor city that dates back to the second intermediate period of Egypt (1677-1550 BC), Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said. The tombs are built on a 50 metre by 70 metre area that includes 30 burial wells. A 10-tonne pink granite coffin was also found. readmore...


NASA's Perseverance rover shares new selfie from Mars

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has shared a selfie with several of the 10 sample tubes it deposited at a sample depot. It is creating the sample depot within an area of Jezero Crater nicknamed "Three Forks." The ninth tube dropped during the construction of the depot can be seen in front of the rover. readmore...


'Bear face' spotted on Mars; pic shared by NASA goes viral

A picture showing a feature on surface of Mars resembling a bear's face has gone viral on social media. The picture was taken by High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on board Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. "There's a hill with a V-shaped collapse structure (the nose), two craters (the eyes), and a circular fracture pattern (the head)," University of Arizona said. readmore...


Earth's inner core has stopped spinning and may be changing direction, says study

Scientists from China claimed that Earth's inner core stopped rotating in the last decade and may now be spinning in the opposite direction. The study, published in Nature Geoscience, looked at Earth's innards by observing seismic waves from earthquakes. Although it influences the Earth's surface environment, the experts think the periodic spin won't pose risks for life on the planet. readmore...


Very rare colourful clouds seen in skies over Norway, pic surfaces

Photographer Fredrik Broms shared a picture of a very rare cloud formation known as "mother-of-pearl", which was spotted in Norway. The colourful cloud derives its name from the inside of a pearl oyster shell and is caused by ice crystals in the stratosphere. They form at extremely cold temperatures, below minus 77°C, and can harm the Earth's ozone layer. readmore...


Automobile exhaust impairs brain function: Study

Exposure to common levels of traffic pollution can impair human brain function in only a matter of hours, a study has found. In fact, just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust from automobiles causes a decrease in the brain's functional connectivity, the study stated. It's important to ensure that your car's air filter is working good, a researcher said. readmore...


US certifies its 1st small modular nuclear reactor design

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has certified the design for the country's first small modular nuclear reactor. The certification will allow firms to choose the advanced reactor design when applying for a license to build and operate a new power plant. The design is an advanced light-water SMR with each power module capable of generating 50 megawatts of emissions-free electricity. readmore...


Asteroid-mining startup AstroForge to launch 1st space missions

California-based asteroid-mining startup AstroForge has announced its plans to launch its first two space missions this year. The first mission, scheduled for April, will test AstroForge's refining capabilities on a sample of asteroid-like material. The second mission will be launched in October to observe a target asteroid, which the company plans to mine in the future. readmore...


ChatGPT-like tools threaten transparent science: Publishing firm

Leading academic publisher Springer Nature has said tools like ChatGPT "threaten transparent science". It added that such tools cannot be credited as an author on a research paper as "any attribution of authorship carries with it accountability for the work, and AI tools cannot take such responsibility". It also said researchers using the tools should reveal that in the paper. readmore...


US-based Rocket Lab launches its 1st Electron rocket from US soil

US-based space company Rocket Lab successfully launched an Electron rocket from US soil for the first time on Wednesday. The launch marked the firm's first mission it has carried out of the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand, where it has conducted all 32 previous Electron missions since 2017. Rocket Lab has now deployed a total of 155 satellites to orbit. readmore...


NASA to demonstrate nuclear thermal rocket engine in space by 2027

NASA has partnered with DARPA to develop and demonstrate a nuclear thermal rocket engine in space, as soon as 2027. "Using a nuclear thermal rocket allows for faster transit time, reducing risk for astronauts," NASA said. NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate will lead the technical development of the nuclear thermal engine to be integrated with DARPA's experimental spacecraft. readmore...


Ants can smell cancer in urine: Study

Different types of cancer have been found to alter the smell of urine, and ants can detect this smell, researchers stated. "Ants can be used as bio-detectors to discriminate healthy individuals from tumour-bearing ones," a researcher said. Ants are easy to train, very efficient and inexpensive to keep, so they can be a cost-effective way to detect cancer, she added. readmore...


World's most powerful telescope experiences 2nd instrument glitch

The world's most powerful telescope James Webb Telescope's Near Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph instrument faced a "communications delay within the instrument, causing its flight software to time out" on January 15. NIRISS can't be used for science currently. This is the second instrument glitch experienced by the telescope. In December, a glitch repeatedly sent it into safe mode. readmore...


UV nail polish dryers increase risk of cancer: Study

Ultraviolet nail polish dryers used in gel manicures may lead to cancer-causing mutations in human cells, a study by the University of California stated. A single 20-minute session with these devices emitting UV light results in 20% to 30% cell death. Researchers also found that DNA damage does not get repaired over time, which may lead to skin cancer. readmore...


New dinosaur species with over 400 teeth found in Germany

A new species of dinosaur with over 400 teeth has been discovered in Germany. Part of the pterosaur family, Balaenognathus maeuseri had really long jaws lined with small, fine, hooked teeth, with tiny spaces between them. It likely dabbled as it waded through shallow lagoons and sucked in water shrimps and copepods and then filtered them out through its teeth. readmore...


NASA's Lucy adds new asteroid encounter to its 4-bn-mile journey

NASA's Lucy has added another asteroid encounter to its 4-billion-mile journey, under which it will get a close-up view of a small main-belt asteroid to carry out an engineering test on November 1. The asteroid, designated 1999 VD57, is estimated to be about 700 metres in size. It will become the smallest main belt asteroid ever visited by a spacecraft. readmore...


Astronaut shares 'space-selfie' taken during his 1st spacewalk

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata shared a "space-selfie" taken during his first spacewalk earlier this month. Wakata was accompanied by NASA's Nicole Mann on the seven-hour and 21-minute spacewalk. Mann became the first Native American woman in space to venture out on a spacewalk. They carried out the first spacewalk of 2023. readmore...



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