Category: Discoveries

Scientists Discover a Mineral Never Seen Before

Scientists Discover a Mineral Never Seen Before

Researchers from the Museums Victoria have found an unknown natural mineral, called Edscottite, in space rock. In 1951, a strange-looking space rock fell out of the sky and landed near the Australian gold rush town, Wedderburn. The town was a hotspot for prospectors, but this was much more than a nugget. For decades, scientists have…

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7 Outstanding Discoveries from the Edge of Existence

7 Outstanding Discoveries from the Edge of Existence

The evolution of science and technology has had a significant impact on the astronomical observations of humans. In the last few decades, humanity has explored a number of surprising events and places in different parts of our universe. Scientists believe that the rate of discoveries will continue to increase as more and more resources are…

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The Long-lasting Definition of Kilogram has Changed

The Long-lasting Definition of Kilogram has Changed

Scientists have replaced the platinum-iridium cylinder with the Planck Constant to give birth to a new standard of kilogram. The world’s standard definition of the kilogram has finally been altered, after representatives from 60 countries voted in favor of redefining the International System of Units (SI) for mass. Since 1889, a platinum-iridium alloy cylinder, nicknamed…

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Ultra-fast Light Pulses can Now be Sculptured

Ultra-fast Light Pulses can Now be Sculptured

What will it feel like if we are able to mold the light pulses in whatever way we want? Scientists have figured out a novel way to do so. Researchers from the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) joined forces with each other to come up with a compact…

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Household Items that are actually Lab Mistakes

Household Items that are actually Lab Mistakes

The saying “necessity is the mother of invention” doesn’t really hold any water when it comes to the accidental inventions that are extremely useful in our lives. Although the following household items were discovered unintentionally, these lab mistakes have become a part and parcel of our daily routines. Non-stick Pans The idea of the first…

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Physicists have found an Entirely New Type of Superconductivity

Physicists have found an Entirely New Type of Superconductivity

Modern physicists have been chasing superconductivity for quite some time now and recent research shows that they have finally found some success. A NIMS-Ehime University joint research team succeeded in discovering new materials that exhibit superconductivity under high pressure using material informatics. This opens up a whole lot of new possibilities that were not possible…

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VEM is the Modern Fire Extinguisher for Space

VEM is the Modern Fire Extinguisher for Space

Researchers from the Toyohashi University of Technology has come up with a new technique, called Vacuum Extinguish Method (VEM), for a novel fire extinguisher in space. The basic idea of VEM is completely opposite to what we get with standard fire extinguishers, which spray different extinguishing agents into the firing point. It uses a vacuum…

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Scientists Found a Unique Exoplanet in an Evolved Binary

Scientists Found a Unique Exoplanet in an Evolved Binary

Astronomers used the Kepler Space Telescope to find an exoplanet (having a mass of about 13 Jupiters) that is orbiting a more evolved binary system, called KIC 10544976.   The Kepler Space Telescope of NASA made it possible for humanity to observe the exoplanets around young binary systems. This outstanding achievement was accomplished, for the…

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Bacteria can Manufacture High-Performance Proteins, like Spider Silk, for Space Missions

Bacteria can Manufacture High-Performance Proteins, like Spider Silk, for Space Missions

Researchers developed a new technique that could produce difficult-to-make proteins, like spider silk, by taking advantage of engineered bacteria. The mechanical properties of some of the natural, protein-based substances put them in the same bracket as the best synthetic materials. The research presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) on 2nd April 2019 explained that…

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2018 was an Impressive Year for the Astronomical World

2018 was an Impressive Year for the Astronomical World

Astronomy has progressed rapidly following the surge of technological advancements. As a result, several astronomical developments are being made on a regular basis. In these circumstances, it is almost impossible to determine the top events in the astronomical world. However, we have tried to list some of the top astronomical events of 2018 (in our…

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Artificial Intelligence can Predict Premature Death

Artificial Intelligence can Predict Premature Death

Researchers have successfully tested a new system that can predict the risk of premature death in the middle-aged population. According to the latest study at the University of Nottingham, ‘Machine Learning’ algorithms can prove extremely helpful in improving preventative healthcare in the future. This deduction was made on the basis of a computer-based system that…

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Self-Heating, Water-Resistant Electronic Skin is here

Self-Heating, Water-Resistant Electronic Skin is here

Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created a transparent electronic skin that is stretchable, touch-sensitive and has the ability to repair itself in both dry and wet conditions. The inspiration for this amazing discovery came from jellyfish and other underwater invertebrates. Similar functionality has been incorporated into this invention that could prove…

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Researchers Found New Dust Rings in the Inner Solar System

Researchers Found New Dust Rings in the Inner Solar System

Scientists found some new dust rings including the one near the Sun. Following the rapid advancement of technology, discovering new things in space has become quite frequent, nowadays. Astronomers keep finding new stars, planets, galaxies and other celestial objects. Having said that, most of these discoveries are made outside our solar system. This is the…

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Researchers Identify the Beneficial Role of Sleep

Researchers Identify the Beneficial Role of Sleep

Scientists studied the zebrafish model to find that sleep repairs the damage (done to the DNA during the waking hours) by increasing Chromosome Dynamics.   You might have observed that sleep disturbances have a drastic impact on your brain performance. Similarly, the lack of sleep for longer duration is linked with several brain disorders and…

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Bacteria can Eat and Breathe Electricity

Bacteria can Eat and Breathe Electricity

Researchers found some electricity-producing bacteria at the Yellowstone National Park. A researching team from Washington State University conducted a test at the famous alkaline hot springs of the Yellowstone National Park. At the time of testing, the temperature of the hot spring was actually quite HOT (around 90o C). The latest report suggested that some…

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Astrocomb will Significantly Improve the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Astrocomb will Significantly Improve the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

The search for Earth-like planets will get a massive boost with the addition of Astrocomb in the planet-hunting telescope. The researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a customized frequency comb that is much more precise than the preceding technology. Astrocomb uses a spectrograph at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope to make…

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Eyes of Dead Spiders are Still Shining after 110 Million Years

Eyes of Dead Spiders are Still Shining after 110 Million Years

Researchers found brand new fossils of spiders in the Jinju Formation whose eyes are still shining 110 million years after their death. It is incredibly difficult to explore ancient spiders because they are soft and don’t fossilize as easily as exoskeletons. That’s the reason why the scientists involved in this research were extremely fascinated upon…

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Scientists Found an Ancient White Dwarf, J0207, with Multiple Dust Rings

Scientists Found an Ancient White Dwarf, J0207, with Multiple Dust Rings

The Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project observed rings of debris and dust around an Earth-sized white dwarf star, called J0207. LSPM J0207+3331, which is usually known as the J0207, is the oldest and coldest white dwarf star known to humanity. Recently, research led by NASA showed multiple rings of dust around this white dwarf and…

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Scientists Found a Nearby River of Stars

Scientists Found a Nearby River of Stars

The Gaia Satellite of the European Space Agency helped the researchers to observe a billion-year-old river of stars. Many people might have read the novel, ‘River of Stars’ by Guy Gavriel Kay. However, what would be your reaction if we tell you that astronomers have discovered an actual river of stars by using the data…

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AntBot, a Robot that Moves without GPS

AntBot, a Robot that Moves without GPS

Researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) successfully developed the first-ever walking robot (called AntBot) that does not rely on the Global Positioning System (GPS). This newly-developed robot can explore the environment on its own without any GPS or maps. For this invention, the researchers of the CNRS were inspired by desert…

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Bees can Do Basic Mathematics

Bees can Do Basic Mathematics

Scientists reveal that bees can add or subtract provided they are given proper training.   Do you find even basic mathematics hard? The humble bees around us would politely disagree. According to a study published in ‘Science Advances’, the scientists from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) reported that bees can add or subtract…

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The Oldest-Known Earth Rock was found on the Moon

The Oldest-Known Earth Rock was found on the Moon

The sample returned by Apollo 14, 48 years ago, contains the oldest Earth Rock discovered till date. Where would you look for the oldest Earth rock? Probably in the ocean or somewhere underground. As it turns out, the oldest Earth rock was found on the Moon! Yes, you heard it right. An international group of…

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Artificial Intelligence can Now Recognize Words Directly from Brain Waves

Artificial Intelligence can Now Recognize Words Directly from Brain Waves

Scientists show that the conversion of brain waves into sound files can help us develop mind-reading devices. Mind reading using computer devices is here! Well, almost. And it’s not all that invasive and useless as initially thought. According to three recently published studies, the pattern of neurons firing can be used to output audio directly…

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Researchers Found Signs of Life in a Lake Deep Beneath Antarctica

Researchers Found Signs of Life in a Lake Deep Beneath Antarctica

According to a news report from Nature, an ice-covered lake in Antarctica is teeming with bacterial life. The southernmost continent of our planet, Antarctica, is generally considered an inhospitable wasteland of ice and snow but recent research shows that there is much more to it than the extreme environment. The researching team found colonies of…

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Scientists May Have Found a Time Capsule of the Big Bang

Scientists May Have Found a Time Capsule of the Big Bang

Astronomers have found the 3rd cloud of cosmic gas that has remained totally unaffected by the explosion of stars. Scientists have unveiled many secrets of our universe but its mysterious nature keeps on surprising us with even stranger phenomena. Some of the most bizarre celestial objects include Screaming Skull Nebulas, Cannibal Galaxies, and Hurricanes of…

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White Dwarf Stars are Turning into Crystals

White Dwarf Stars are Turning into Crystals

Astronomers from the University of Warwick have found direct evidence suggesting that the white dwarf stars are solidifying into crystals. A white dwarf star in a dense stellar core remnant, which is mostly made up of electron-degenerate matter. All the luminosity of these stars come from the stored thermal energy as there is absolutely no…

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700,000 Artifacts were found in Dutch Canal Excavation

700,000 Artifacts were found in Dutch Canal Excavation

A huge collection of remains were found in Amsterdam. Archeological Extractions have always helped humanity to find historical information about our past. The canals of Amsterdam were excavated, earlier this year, with the intentions of building a new metro line through the city. This archeological dig was one-of-its-kind as researchers found nearly 700,000 artifacts during…

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Models of Earth could be Improved by using Atomic Clocks

Models of Earth could be Improved by using Atomic Clocks

The latest development, at NIST, on Atomic Clocks might result in a redefinition of Second, the international unit of time. A clock device that uses an Electron Transition Frequency in the Optical, Ultraviolet, and Microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum of atoms for its timekeeping element is called an Atomic Clock. They are the most…

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NASA is Working on Ultrafast Laser Machining for Multiple Spaceflight Applications

NASA is Working on Ultrafast Laser Machining for Multiple Spaceflight Applications

Scientists might be able to join dissimilar materials without epoxies following the latest development at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA. The anagram ‘LASER’ stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The combined study of light and optics enabled man to artificially create lasers. Unlike natural light or conventional bulbs that emit multiple wavelengths of light, lasers…

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