Mysterious fast radio bursts from outer space: Astronomers baffled, admit they could be alien in origin

15 hours ago - Since 2001, the Parkes radio telescope in Australia has been picking up mysterious, unidentified bursts of energy that astronomers have since dubbed “fast radio bursts.” At first, because no other telescope in the world had ever seen these bursts, it was assumed that these FRBs ... 3

Scientists discover 101 geysers erupting at Saturn's intriguing icy moon Enceladus

22 hours ago - Scientists analyzing the reams of data from NASA's Cassini orbiter at Saturn have discovered 101 geysers erupting from the intriguing icy moon Enceladus and that the spewing material of liquid water likely originates from an underground sea located beneath the tiny moons ice shell, ...

'Holy grail' of battery design achieved: Stable lithium anode

1 day ago - Researchers say that lithium's expansion during charging is "virtually infinite" relative to the other materials. Its expansion is also uneven, causing pits and cracks to form in the outer surface, like paint on the exterior of a balloon that is being inflated. The resulting ... 1

Japan Wants 2020 Robot Olympics Alongside Human Olympics

1 day ago - "In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills," said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week. It's about time! There have been, and are, all kinds of competitive robotics events that ...

Will Astronomers Ever Discover Planet X?

1 day ago - In 2005 and 2006, our understanding of the solar system changed in two dramatic ways: astronomers discovered Eris, which would have been the tenth planet, and then—in anticipation of discovering hundreds of similar mini-planets in the outer solar system—reclassified both Pluto and ...

Corruption of science: Breakthrough research that turns out to be fraudulent

2 days ago - It is in the nature of scientists to argue over the evidence for or against any important breakthrough. Sometimes announcements made in good faith do not stand up to detailed scrutiny, namely the replication of the research by other experts. On other occasions, scientists can be ... 1

Sugar is as addictive and toxic as drugs and alcohol

2 days ago - Sugar. Just the thought of a sweet snack can make even the most hardcore dieter weak at the knees. The promise of a single fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie can make children eat an entire plate of vegetables or motivate couch potatoes to run that one extra mile. So what exactly does ... 1

Peru: Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Astronomy Lab In Peruvian Ruins

2 days ago - Archeologists have stumbled upon a site where ancient people observed the stars thousands of years ago in Peru, a country famous for using drones to help uncover and map archeological treasures, as Reuters reported. Excavators working on a complex at Licurnique, in the ... 2

Turkish Freedom Flotilla II being organized for Gaza will have military protection

2 days ago - Media report says activists - the same behind 2010's 'Mavi Marmara' - scheduled to take off with Turkish military protection. Amid Israel's Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas attacks from Gaza, a "Freedom Flotilla" is being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the ... 1

Transiting Alien World with Longest Year Discovered

3 days ago - A newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth's perspective takes 704 Earth days to complete one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, ...

Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission

3 days ago - Russian scientists have lost contact with an experimental satellite filled with geckos that was to be the focus of new research on animal sex in zero-gravity. The Foton-M4 spacecraft was launched from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on 19 July and made several orbits of the ... 1

Second mysterious crater reported from Yamal

3 days ago - The Moscow Times reported this week that reindeer herders in far northern Russia have found a second mysterious giant hole. According to these unconfirmed reports, the second hole is about 30 kilometers (20 miles) away from a first large and mysterious hole in the Russian permafrost, ... 1

'Hot Jupiter' measurements do not follow models

4 days ago - Dry atmospheres of three exoplanets challenge ideas of how planets form. Scientists searching for worlds outside of the Solar System say that three such planets - distant gas giants that resemble Jupiter - are surprisingly dry. The atmospheres of these exoplanets, known as 'hot ...

Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster

4 days ago - Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to explore the Perseus Cluster, a swarm of galaxies approximately 250 million light years from Earth, have observed the spectral line that appears not to come from any known type of matter. The signal they received can not be ... 1

Oldest Medical Report of Near-Death Experience Discovered

4 days ago - Reports of people having "near-death" experiences go back to antiquity, but the oldest medical description of the phenomenon may come from a French physician around 1740, a researcher has found. The report was written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, a military physician from ...

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