Day: December 17, 2014

Robot Embedded With Worm’s Nervous System

Hear out, world. The nervous system of a tiny worm has been transplanted into the body of a robot. Perhaps, it is only a matter of time that robots and artificial intelligence overtake our human population? Though the project might sound like science-fiction, the firm behind it, OpenWorm, intends to create the first ever virtual

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Exoplanet 55 Cancri e Spotted Using Ground-Based Telescope From Spain

Observing exoplanet 55 Cancri e from a ground-based telescope could pave the way for spotting more super Earth planets using devices from the Earth itself. An exoplanet two times the size of our own – around 25 750 km in diameter – has been spotted by scientists of Queen’s University, Belfast. The super Earth, named

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Mars: Mysterious Methane Gas Spikes Coming From Living “Things”

Recent evidence collected by the Curiosity rover favors the theory of the existence of Martian life. The curiosity rover has identified mysterious, sudden spikes of methane gas from an unknown source. The spikes have left scientists puzzled and are now proposing a theory that the alarming readings are being created by bacteria like organisms residing either above

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Living Organisms Discovered 2.4 Km Deep In the Ocean Near Japan

Microbes found in the ocean depths, 2 400m under, near Japan by researchers of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) have once again shown that life can thrive under extremely harsh conditions. The tiny microbes are single-celled living things with slow metabolism that are extremely tolerant to the extreme environmental conditions where hydrocarbon compounds make up their

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Jan Scheuermann Controls A Robotic Arm With Her Mind

A paralyzed woman has been given a second chance at mobility, by using a robotic arm that is controlled by her mind. Jan Scheuermann, is a quadriplegic woman and has been participating in a study that allows her to control a robotic limb with her thoughts. It is reported that, at first she was only

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Scientists Name Snail After ‘Punk Rock’ Icon

Marine scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in California, have discovered an interesting new species of deep-sea snail. This oceanic invertebrate has been named after the late, great, punk rock artist, Joe Strummer, of the Clash. Although the golf ball sized, spiked shell and the its former occupant, do not mirror any resemblance to the artist, the

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Extinction of Dinosaurs Caused By Volcanic Eruptions

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Dinosaurs are dead and buried, but still manage to capture the attention of scientists worldwide. In an attempt to explain their disappearance from our planet, researchers have determined the exact age of the Deccan Traps found in India, which are thought to be related to the massive extinction of the giant lizards, by using zircons. Photo

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Evidence of Early Metal Working In the Canadian Arctic

A hollow stone cylinder discovered over half a century ago is now believed to be a metal working tool, brought to north America by Vikings, over 1,000 years-ago. The interior of the stone container was found to have particles of bronze and a type of glass that is produced from rock being super heated. Scientists

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