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July 12, 2023

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New Study Reveals Evidence of Diverse Organic Material on Mars

Scientists gain vital insights into Mars' history and potential for supporting ...

Tiny Fish Surprise Scientists in 'Volunteer's Dilemma'

Tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies have surprised scientists when faced with the so-called 'volunteer's ...

Pump Powers Soft Robots, Makes Cocktails

Over the past several years, researchers have been developing soft analogues of traditionally rigid robotic components. In fluid-driven robotic systems, pumps control the pressure or flow of the liquid that powers the robot's movement. Most pumps available today for soft robotics are either too ...

Training Robots How to Learn, Make Decisions on the Fly

Mars rovers have teams of human experts on Earth telling them what to do. But robots on lander missions to moons orbiting Saturn or Jupiter are too far away to receive timely commands from Earth. Researchers developed a novel learning-based method so robots on extraterrestrial bodies can make ...

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Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales Are Acting Weirdly

We humans can be a scary acquaintance for whales in the wild. This includes marine biologists tagging them with measuring devices to understand them better. These experiences can make whales behave ...

Holograms for Life: Improving IVF Success

In a world-first, 3D holographic images of an embryo have been developed. The images are created using minuscule amounts of light in a fraction of a ...

AI Tests Into Top 1% for Original Creative Thinking

New research suggests artificial intelligence can match the top 1% of human thinkers on a standard test for ...

Fossils Reveal How Ancient Birds Molted Their Feathers -- Which Could Help Explain Why Ancestors of Modern Birds Survived When All the Other Dinosaurs Died

Birds are the only group of dinosaurs that survived the asteroid-induced mass extinction 66 million years ago. But not all the birds alive at the time made it. Why the ancestors of modern birds lived ...

Researchers Create Highly Conductive Metallic Gel for 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a metallic gel that is highly electrically conductive and can be used to print three-dimensional (3D) solid objects at room ...

Growing Bio-Inspired Polymer Brains for Artificial Neural Networks

A new method for connecting neurons in neuromorphic wetware has been developed. The wetware comprises conductive polymer wires grown in a three-dimensional configuration, done by applying square-wave ...

Similar to Humans, Elephants Also Vary What They Eat for Dinner Every Night

A detailed analysis of the dietary habits of elephants showed surprising variation from meal to meal, which could have important ramifications for wildlife protection and conservation ...

Apex Predator of the Cambrian Likely Sought Soft Over Crunchy Prey

Biomechanical studies on the arachnid-like front 'legs' of an extinct apex predator show that the 2-foot (60-centimeter) marine animal Anomalocaris canadensis was likely much weaker than ...

Quasar 'Clocks' Show Universe Was Five Times Slower Soon After the Big Bang

Quasars are the supermassive black holes at the centres of early galaxies. Scientists have unlocked their secrets to use them as 'clocks' to measure time near the beginning of the ...

Displays Controlled by Flexible Fins and Liquid Droplets More Versatile, Efficient Than LED Screens

Flexible displays that can change color, convey information and even send veiled messages via infrared radiation are now possible, thanks to new research. Engineers inspired by the morphing skins of ...

First 'Ghost Particle' Image of Milky Way

Scientists have revealed a uniquely different image of our galaxy by determining the galactic origin of thousands of neutrinos -- invisible 'ghost particles' which exist in great quantities ...


Gullies on Mars Could Have Been Formed by Recent Periods of Liquid Meltwater, Study Suggests

A study offers new insights into how water from melting ice could have played a recent role in the formation of ravine-like channels that cut down the sides of impact craters on ...

Earliest Strands of the Cosmic Web

Galaxies are not scattered randomly across the universe. They gather together not only into clusters, but into vast interconnected filamentary structures with gigantic barren voids in between. This ...

Unveiling the Origins of Merging Black Holes in Galaxies Like Our Own

Black holes, some of the most captivating entities in the cosmos, possess an immense gravitational pull so strong that not even light can escape. The groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves ...

Gravitational Waves from Colossal Black Holes Found Using 'Cosmic Clocks'

You can't see or feel it, but everything around you -- including your own body -- is slowly shrinking and expanding. It's the weird, spacetime-warping effect of gravitational waves passing ...

Turning Old Maps Into 3D Digital Models of Lost Neighborhoods

Imagine strapping on a virtual reality headset and 'walking' through a long-gone neighborhood in your city -- seeing the streets and buildings as they appeared decades ago. That's a ...

NeuWS Camera Answers 'Holy Grail Problem' in Optical Imaging

Engineers have demonstrated full-motion video camera technology that can 'see' through light-scattering media. The research could potentially be used in cameras that peer through fog, ...

'Electronic Skin' from Bio-Friendly Materials Can Track Human Vital Signs With Ultrahigh Precision

Researchers have used materials inspired by molecular gastronomy to create smart wearables that surpassed similar devices in terms of strain sensitivity. They integrated graphene into seaweed to ...

Squash Bugs Are Attracted to and Eat Each Other's Poop to Stock Their Microbiome

Squash bugs, a common and difficult-to-control agricultural pest, need healthy bacteria in their gut to grow and stay alive. However, they do not acquire any bacteria from their parents when they are ...

How Urea May Have Been the Gateway to Life

Urea reacts extremely quickly under the conditions that existed when our planet was newly formed. This new insight furthers our understanding of how life on Earth might have ...

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