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algorithm-tells-robots-where-nearby-humans-are-headed

Algorithm tells robots where nearby humans are headed

Engineer controlling robot machinery (stock image). Credit: © ipopba / Adobe Stock In 2018, researchers at MIT and the auto manufacturer BMW were testing ways in which humans and robots might work in close proximity to assemble car parts. In a replica of a factory floor setting, the team rigged up a robot on rails,…
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Climate change benefits for giant petrels

Giant petrels (stock image). Credit: © Nick Dale / Adobe Stock Giant petrels will be "temporary" winners from the effects of climate change in the Antarctic region -- but males and females will benefit in very different ways, a new study shows. The study, by experts from the University of Exeter and the British Antarctic…
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How multi-celled animals developed

Microscopic life (stock image). Credit: © sinhyu / Adobe Stock Scientists at The University of Queensland have upended biologists' century-old understanding of the evolutionary history of animals. Using new technology to investigate how multi-celled animals developed, their findings revealed a surprising truth. Professor Bernie Degnan said the results contradicted years of tradition. "We've found that…
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Light-powered nano-organisms consume carbon dioxide, create eco-friendly plastics and fuels

Carbon dioxide molecular models (stock image). Credit: © vector_master / Adobe Stock University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. By using light-activated quantum dots…
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Crash with Antlia 2 gave the Milky Way the ripples in its outer disc,...

Illustration of spiral galaxy (stock image). Credit: © Alexandr Mitiuc / Adobe Stock The newly-discovered dark dwarf galaxy Antlia 2's collision with the Milky Way may be responsible for our galaxy's characteristic ripples in its outer disc, according to a study led by Rochester Institute of Technology Assistant Professor Sukanya Chakrabarti. The Antlia 2 dwarf…
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Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth

Illustration of pterodactyls (stock image). Credit: © Elenarts / Adobe Stock A breakthrough discovery has found that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability -- they could fly from birth. This discovery's importance is highlighted by the fact that no other living vertebrates today, or in the history of life…
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Potential new disease threats for wild snow leopards

Snow leopard (stock image). Credit: © Abeselom Zerit / Adobe Stock The first study to investigate disease threats to wild snow leopards has detected that exposure to infections may pose a threat to this highly vulnerable species, as well as local people and their livestock. The results of the study, published in Infection Ecology &…
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Ancient DNA from Roman and medieval grape seeds reveal ancestry of wine making

Statue of Dionysus (Bacchus), god of wine (stock image). Credit: © Ruslan Gilmanshin / Adobe Stock A grape variety still used in wine production in France today can be traced back 900 years to just one ancestral plant, scientists have discovered. With the help of an extensive genetic database of modern grapevines, researchers were able…
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The benefits of being different

Asiatic golden cat (stock image). Credit: © PACO COMO / Adobe Stock Six different colour morphs of the elusive Asiatic golden cat have been discovered in Northeast India -- with the findings being hailed as "an evolutionary puzzle" -- as the world's greatest number of different coloured wild cat species in one area are reported.…
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Dogs mirror owner’s stress

Worried dog (stock image). Credit: © tomispin / Adobe Stock The levels of stress in dogs and their owners follow each other, according to a new study from Linköping University, Sweden. The scientists believe that dogs mirror their owner's stress level, rather than vice versa. The study has been published in the scientific journal Scientific…

In romantic relationships, people do indeed have a ‘type’

Couple holding hands (stock image). Credit: © kobeza / Adobe Stock If you've ever come out of a bad relationship and decided you need to date someone different from your usual "type," you're not alone. However, new research by social psychologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) suggests that might be easier said…
site-of-biggest-ever-meteorite-collision-in-the-uk-discovered

Site of biggest ever meteorite collision in the UK discovered

Illustration of meteors streaking through Earth's atmosphere (stock image). Credit: © JohanSwanepoel / Adobe Stock Scientists believe they have discovered the site of the biggest meteorite impact ever to hit the British Isles. Evidence for the ancient, 1.2 billion years old, meteorite strike, was first discovered in 2008 near Ullapool, NW Scotland by scientists from…

In romantic relationships, people do indeed have a ‘type’

Couple holding hands (stock image). Credit: © kobeza / Adobe Stock If you've ever come out of a bad relationship and decided you need to date someone different from your usual "type," you're not alone. However, new research by social psychologists at the University of Toronto (U of T) suggests that might be easier said…

Site of biggest ever meteorite collision in the UK discovered

Illustration of meteors streaking through Earth's atmosphere (stock image). Credit: © JohanSwanepoel / Adobe Stock Scientists believe they have discovered the site of the biggest meteorite impact ever to hit the British Isles. Evidence for the ancient, 1.2 billion years old, meteorite strike, was first discovered in 2008 near Ullapool, NW Scotland by scientists from…
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Mass anomaly detected under the moon’s largest crater

Illustration of far side of the moon (stock image). Credit: © dottedyeti / Adobe Stock A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater,…
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What if dark matter is lighter? Report calls for small experiments to broaden the...

Abstract background (stock image). Credit: © science photo / Adobe Stock The search for dark matter is expanding. And going small. While dark matter abounds in the universe -- it is by far the most common form of matter, making up about 85 percent of the universe's total -- it also hides in plain sight.…

Site of biggest ever meteorite collision in the UK discovered

Illustration of meteors streaking through Earth's atmosphere (stock image). Credit: © JohanSwanepoel / Adobe Stock Scientists believe they have discovered the site of the biggest meteorite impact ever to hit the British Isles. Evidence for the ancient, 1.2 billion years old, meteorite strike, was first discovered in 2008 near Ullapool, NW Scotland by scientists from…
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Bug-eating pitcher plants found to consume young salamanders, too

Pitcher plants (stock image). Credit: © maljalen / Adobe Stock Call it the "Little Bog of Horrors." In what is believed to be a first for North America, biologists at the University of Guelph have discovered that meat-eating pitcher plants in Ontario's Algonquin Park wetlands consume not just bugs but also young salamanders. In a…
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Night owls can ‘retrain’ their body clocks to improve mental well-being and performance

'Night owl' concept (stock image). Credit: © Wellnhofer Designs / Adobe Stock A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of 'night owls' -- people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits -- could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits and a decrease in depression and stress.…
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Cardinalfish caught sneaking a bit on the side

Pajama cardinalfish, Sphaeramia nematoptera (stock image). Credit: © Henner Damke / Adobe Stock Scientists have revealed the torrid, adulterous love lives of the mouth-brooding cardinalfish, with cuckoldry going hand-in-hand with cannibalism of the young. "This is a small and unassuming coral reef fish," said Dr Theresa Rueger, who led the study while she was a…

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