NASA told its InSight lander to thwack its shovel free of the Martian soil, and it worked.March 18, 2020NASA& 39;s InSight lander — on Mars& 39; dusty surface — hit a snag during its mission to explore and study the Red Planet. After several attempts to unstick its digging probe, the space agency told InSight to hit itself with a shovel, reportsPopular Science.
March 31, 2014The video below shows the first time that Joanne Milne has heard a sound in her 39 years on this planet. Imagine never experiencing music, the sounds of nature or the various voices of your friends and family. Recently, she received electronic cochlear implants, that allowed her to experience sound for the first time - and as you can imagine, broke into tears.
March 28, 2014A stunning image of a lightning strike over Kuwait was taken in December of last year by one of the astronauts on the International Space Station and today the photo was released by the NASA Earth Observatory. Recently the Space Station installed a new instrument that will help astronauts to study the physics and composition of lightning bolts in detail.
March 21, 2014A man has been left with stars in his eyes after suffering electrocution at work. The 42 year old man struck his shoulder on 14 000 volts, enough to normally kill a human. However, the unnamed man only went to get himself checked out one month later complaining of blurred vision and this is when doctors noticed the star shaped patterns in his eyes.
March 29, 2014A homeopathy company is said to be recalling some products as it is thought that they could contain antibiotics.This happens to be funny as one of the things that homeopathy is based around is the dilution of substances to the extent where they are barely detectable or they are missing.
April 05, 2014Some people don’t seem to have any trouble walking backwards, some people can actually dance backwards, as is in the case of the late Michael Jackson, who made walking backwards famous with the Moonwalk. While walking backwards seems to be an easy task, it isn’t known how the mind works when it comes to telling us to walk backwards.
June 20, 2014Outside of the California Institute of Technology plants and flowers are stretching out their leaves and sending their roots down deeper into the ground. They are using energy to store sugars and to them, photosynthesis comes easy. Meanwhile inside the Caltech Jorgensen laboratory, 80 plus researchers are putting in a great deal of effort into an artificial leaf and doing what the leaves of plants are doing so easily.
July 11, 2014Pre-clinical trials could begin next year for what could turn out to be the future for contraceptives. A new form of birth control, 21st century style, will arrive in the form of a small chip that could be implanted under the skin of a woman and which would offer hormonal birth control for as long as 16 years.
June 19, 2014Scientists have been able to test a bionic pancreas successfully on 32 teenagers and 20 adults suffering from Type 1 diabetes over a period of five days. The bionic pancreas is a device that can be worn and which continually keeps an eye on the blood sugar levels of the patient and can give the patient insulin if it detects it is needed.
July 04, 2014Researchers in Cambridge have successfully trapped a magnetic field with a strength of 17.6 Tesla, beating the 17,2 Tesla of the previous record which stood strong for 11 years. They used a high temperature gadolinium barium copper oxide superconductor, which in comparison to a normal fridge magnet, has around 100 times the strength.
September 06, 2014The BioPop Company have come up with a very different and very cool living light/virtual pet by the name of Dino Pet. This is a biological lamp that has very small bioluminescent plankton inside it, called dinoflagellates, which glow in the dark with their own inner light. Image Source: Biopop This is where the Dino Pet gets its name from, with the dinoflagellates being inside the plastic shell.
October 24, 2014Those suffering severe epilepsy may find that medication is not enough to control their seizures and so turn to another more long-term solution - brain surgery. The procedure is deeply invasive and involves drilling deep into the skull to either remove, stimulate or disconnect a part of the brain.
November 22, 2014 Image Source: The Royal Society Check out the video below that shows Elliot Hawkes, a mechanical engineer at Stanford, climb the wall like Spider-man using a pair of gecko inspired adhesive gloves.& 34;To work, the surface you& 39;re climbing needs to be relatively smooth; like glass, varnished wood, polished stone, or metal,& 34; Hawkes says, & 34;but you can attach and detach with very little effort, and to make the gloves stick all you have to do is hang your weight.
December 21, 2014NASA has been studying the moons of Saturn intensely over the past decade and now they have released images of global maps of six of the them. The global maps represent the completion of one of the key mission objectives of the legendary spacecraft, Cassini-Huygens. Image Source: NASA Saturn and its moons were previously given a quick visit by the twin Voyager spacecraft during the early 80s and we saw low resolution maps of some of the bodies orbiting.
January 19, 2015The missing Mars robot Beagle 2 probe has been found on the surface of the Red Planet, apparently intact, 12 years after it went missing. High-resolution images were captured by Nasa& 39;s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter appear to show its landing position and also seems to show the probe intact and in one piece.
January 21, 2015NASA have recently released the largest picture ever taken, with a staggering 1.5 billion pixels. To get an idea of how massive the picture is, you& 39;ll need a 600 HD television screens to look at the whole image in its proper resolution. The image is a sweeping bird& 39;s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31), our closest galactic neighbor which is over 2 million light-years away.
March 19, 2015Scientists find studying flying insects difficult, usually they have to be tethered in place to watch them but then this affects how they fly. Now scientists at the University of California have looked into a different way of studying them; they put a backpack onto giant beetles and control them remotely in free flight.
May 25, 2015Ossur have revealed development of a bionic prosthetic leg that can be controlled by the thoughts of the person wearing it. The technology features sensors that are implanted which send wireless signals to the computer of the artificial limb and it allows for real time control along with more natural movements and responses.
August 07, 2015A few years back I watched a great documentary titled The Science of Superman and it answered a lot of questions about the man in blue. Recently I was reading about the researchers working at Moratex in Poland who invented a non-Newtonian fluid for use in complex body armor and it got me thinking.
23986August 03, 2015SALt or Sustainable Alternative Lighting is a start up that has recently gained attention for their innovation in lighting. Image Source:SALT The goal of the company is to offer a cost effective, safe and environmentally friendly lighting solution as an alternative to kerosene or battery powered lamps.
September 01, 2015The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has one of the 10 driest climates in the world. The average yearly rainfall in the Arab Nation is approximately 78mm compared to the yearly average of Nevada in the US of about 241mm. Cloud seeding is being used more and more by the UAE to add usable water to their many ever-dwindling aquifers.