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Solar-powered 'e-skin' may help amputees regain sense of touch

Researchers from University of Glasgow in the UK have for the first time integrated power-generating photovoltaic cells into the electronic skin made of graphene.

New worm-inspired material adapts to its environment

The protein material designed and modelled by researchers, including those from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, expands and contracts based on changing pH levels and ion concentrations.

Why are jokes funny? Let quantum theory explain!
Why are jokes funny? Let quantum theory explain!

For decades, researchers from a range of different fields have tried to explain the phenomenon of humour and what happens on a cognitive level in the moment when we "get the joke".

Scientists discover five new sub-atomic particles
Scientists discover five new sub-atomic particles

The exceptionality of this discovery is that observing five new states all at once is a rather unique event, researchers said.

Do you know human skull hole evolved with walking on two legs? - Read
Do you know human skull hole evolved with walking on two legs? - Read

Compared with other primates, the large hole at the base of the human skull where the spinal cord passes through, known as the foramen magnum, is shifted forward.

Japan to restart its first research reactor
Japan to restart its first research reactor

The small reactor has a maximum output of just 1 watt, and is used exclusively for academic purposes.

17-year-old Indian-American girl bags top science award worth USD 250,000!
17-year-old Indian-American girl bags top science award worth USD 250,000!

In a laboratory model, Das showed that exosomes isolated from astrocytes transfected with microRNA-124a both improved astrocyte uptake of glutamate and increased neuron survival.

Mona Lisa smile: Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting's facial expressions decoded!
Mona Lisa smile: Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting's facial expressions decoded!

Scientists began by creating eight versions of the Mona Lisa that differed only in gradual changes to the curvature of her mouth.

350 archaeological remains unearthed during excavation; experts claim findings to be 50,000 years-old!
350 archaeological remains unearthed during excavation; experts claim findings to be 50,000 years-old!

The excavation work was started in the second week of February by Prof Mishra and the team.

This is how to 'fish out' toxic radioactive elements from nuclear waste

Researchers reported the first examples of thorium with multiple bonds to arsenic to exist under ambient conditions on multi-gram scales where before they had only been prepared on very small scales at temperatures approaching that of interstellar space.

This super strong adhesive can work under water - Read

The bio-based glue performed better than 10 commercial adhesives when used to bond polished aluminium.

Archeologists discover massive statue in Cairo slum
Archeologists discover massive statue in Cairo slum

A team of archeologists in Egypt have discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum which may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country's most famous ancient rulers.

Scientists discover huge statue of Egyptian pharaoh

The fragments of the quartzite statue were found by Egyptian and German archaeologists in the heavily populated Ain Shams and Matariya districts.

Mysterious signals may point to alien technology: Study

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has looked for many different signs of alien life, from radio broadcasts to laser flashes, without success.

Scientists develop light, reparable bullet-proof armour
Scientists develop light, reparable bullet-proof armour

The solidification is reversible and enables damaged armor surfaces to be repaired 'on-the-fly' in the field.

Stephen Hawking issues warning, says only 'world government' can save humanity from destruction!
Stephen Hawking issues warning, says only 'world government' can save humanity from destruction!

If humanity is to survive to see the future, then we might need to form a world government, Hawking said.

Was 'aspirin' neanderthals' treatment for tooth ache?
Was 'aspirin' neanderthals' treatment for tooth ache?

 Neanderthals lived in parts of Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East for up to 300,000 years but appear to have vanished some 40,000 years ago.

Cozy home 3D printed in less than 24 hours in Russia

 The cozy, 37-square-meters home with an unusual, curved shape has all of the standard features of a traditionally built house.

Flying fossil: Britain to send 'earliest known bird' abroad for exhibition!
Flying fossil: Britain to send 'earliest known bird' abroad for exhibition!

The British museum's Professor Paul Barrett says the fossil's "lasting historical legacy" is that it establishes birds as dinosaurs.

Plant cellulose may replace plastic in 3D printing
Plant cellulose may replace plastic in 3D printing

Using cellulose acetate the number of hydrogen bonds in this material was reduced by the acetate groups.

Green 3D printing is in the offing

A recent study has shown that plants may offer a green solution keeping in mind the effect of 3D printing.

Scientists create artificial mouse 'embryo' using 3D technology
Scientists create artificial mouse 'embryo' using 3D technology

They have used a 3D scaffold and the body's master stem cells, an advance that may explain why more than two out of three human pregnancies fail.

Researchers discover ancient primate species in India

The last primate found in the area was 38 years ago. So, in addition to being a new species, this is the first primate fossil found in the area in decades.

Large Hadron Collider – World's largest particle accelerator, gets 'heart transplant'
Large Hadron Collider – World's largest particle accelerator, gets 'heart transplant'

The new pixel detector was installed in a complex and delicate procedure 100 metres underground. The first major upgrade to the LHC may boost the hunt for new sub-atomic particles.

This is how Big Ben's harmonious sound was created
This is how Big Ben's harmonious sound was created

The "bong" of Big Ben is produced when its huge 200kg hammer hits the side of the bell, setting off vibrations in the metal and causing the entire bell to pulsate, researchers said.

Scientists create highest-resolution 3D maps of dark matter

Scientists believe dark matter - theorised, unseen particles that neither reflect nor absorb light, but are able to exert gravity - may comprise 80 per cent of the matter in the universe.

This 'magic' DNA computer can outperform all systems – Read

Researchers from The University of Manchester in the UK showed the feasibility of engineering a universal Turing machine (UTM) - a computer that can be programmed to compute anything any other device can process.

Oldest fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago
Oldest fossils point to life on Earth 4 billion years ago

The tiny fossils -- half the width of a human hair and up to half-a-millimetre in length -- take the form of blood-red tubes and filaments formed by ocean-dwelling bacteria that fed on iron.

From primitive ancestor to modern Homo sapiens: Seaweed is the secret to our evolution?
From primitive ancestor to modern Homo sapiens: Seaweed is the secret to our evolution?

Seaweed – large marine algae, or macroalgae – is also rich in vitamin B12, iodine and poly-unsaturated fatty-acids which are essential for brain development.

Scientists develop new 'electronic' rose plant that can store energy!
Scientists develop new 'electronic' rose plant that can store energy!

With an electrode at each end and a gate in the middle, a fully functional transistor was created.