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Month: April 2016

Lip-readers ‘Hear’ The Words They Lipread!

Lip-readers can hear the words they read on the lips of people, says a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. The minds of lip-readers seem to be more enhanced in certain aspects than others’. Not only can they ‘hear’ the words they read from people’s lips, but they also

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14,246 Asteroids & Comets Discovered Near The Earth

A total of 14,246 near-earth objects (asteroids and comets) have been spotted by NEOWISE space telescope and ground-based ones. The universe is filled with heavenly bodies floating around, set for some destination. Among them are asteroids and comets moving about. But, what prevents the latter from colliding into Earth? Ha, exactly. They could as well

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Pig Hearts Beating in Human Chests – A Scientist’s Hope

Organ transplant might, one day, evolve to cross-species transfer whereby humans can survive with hearts of pigs beating inside their chests, according to a new research published in the journal Nature Communications. Baboons have been shown to live for 2.5 years with transplanted pig hearts, say researchers from the US and Germany. Baboons being considered

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New NASA Mission: Sending Mice to Space

Because sending humans into space is not enough, scientists are now going to send mice too. A group of mice will soon do what you have not had the opportunity to ever do — going into space. They will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow, April 8, onboard the SpaceX resupply rocket. Oh,

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Evidence of Viking Activities Found in North America

A site in southwestern Newfoundland called Point Rosee might constitute a hitherto-unknown Viking settlement, says a team of archaeologists. Remains found on the southwest shore of Canadian Island, Newfoundland, might be evidence of Vikings having once lived in North America. If the findings are confirmed, the site would become the second to be discovered with

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Quantum Spin Liquid – New State of Matter Discovered

A new state of matter has been spotted in a two-dimensional material called alpha-ruthenium that bears resemblance to graphene. It has been named “quantum spin liquid” state, and is said to come together with strange fermions. The findings are published in Nature Materials. The quantum spin liquid had been predicted by scientists decades ago; it

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Bilingual Babies Are Better Problem-Solvers

Bilingual babies have enhanced brain activities pertaining to problem-solving, and are also more open to learning new languages, says a study published in Developmental Science. The brains of babies as young as 11 months of age who are from bilingual families not only show activities linked with executive functions but are also more open to grasping

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Plastic-Eating Bacteria Could Help Alleviate Pollution

A newly-discovered bacterial species might be the solution to pollution: it has the ability to consume a commonly-used plastic completely. The paper is published in Science. The newly-found microbe named Ideonella sakaiensis has been spotted in samples of soil from Japan. It has also been located in wastewater and recycling plant sludge. It is able

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Humans Turned On By Touching Robots

Touching robots in their ‘intimate’ areas might arouse humans, says a new study conducted by researchers from Stanford University. The results will be presented at the International Communication Association in Japan. Robots might be non-living, but they will still elicit responses in humans. This is what was concluded from a series of experiments involving a

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Dust Devil Spotted on Mars — What is a Dust Devil?

A dust devil, a type of extraterrestrial whirlwinds (a mini-tornado, so to say), has been spotted by NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity which has been navigating the surface of Mars for over a decade now. The Mars rover Opportunity of NASA was out there on the Martian surface in an area called the Knudsen Ridge where studies

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YouTuber Creates Home-Made Thermite-Launching Cannon

A guy from YouTube has recently developed a home-made, metal-launching cannon with thermite. Yea, no big deal. If you’re familiar with Youtube-entertainers, you will surely know Colin Furze, and you will have heard of his mad-scientist ‘experiments’ which get crazier and crazier. Remember when he was walking on ceilings with magnetic shoes? Well, wait till

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Pendulum Clock Synchronisation Mystery Sheds Light on Heart Beating

Unveiling the mystery of two pendulums synchronising could help understand biological rhythmic phenomenons like heart beating and breathing. The paper describing this relationship is published in the journal Scientific Reports. Why do pendulum clocks placed on the same wall influence each other such that a synchrony between them will be brought about after a certain

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