Trio who lived on space station for six months return…

Three astronauts that flew to the ISS at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and spent six months in space land safely back on Earth Trio are NASA’s Chris Cassidy and Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner who landed in Kazakhstan today They arrived on the orbiting laboratory on April 9 tand have been away … Read more Trio who lived on space station for six months return…

Chili-shaped device reveals how hot a pepper is

Scientists have developed a portable chilli pepper-shaped device that can reveal how hot a pepper is before anyone bites into it.  The bright red Chilica-Pod device detects capsaicin, the active chemical compound in chilli peppers that gives them their palate-burning kick.   Chilica-Pod plugs into a smartphone’s USB-C port and is fitted with replaceable paper-based sensors that … Read more Chili-shaped device reveals how hot a pepper is

Snakes see and hunt in the dark thanks to a nose which turns heat from prey into a ‘thermal image’

Snake eyes: Serpents hunt in the dark by turning body heat from prey into a ‘thermal image’ thanks to a unique organ in their nose Some snakes have the ability to hunt in total darkness with extreme accuracy  Is a mystery as to how the reptiles are able to do this with no known explanation  … Read more Snakes see and hunt in the dark thanks to a nose which turns heat from prey into a ‘thermal image’

Fleet of six driverless Ford Mondeos to be tested in Oxford for the next five months

Self-driving cars often use a combination of normal two-dimensional cameras and depth-sensing ‘LiDAR’ units to recognise the world around them. However, others make use of visible light cameras that capture imagery of the roads and streets.  They are trained with a wealth of information and vast databases of hundreds of thousands of clips which are … Read more Fleet of six driverless Ford Mondeos to be tested in Oxford for the next five months

Scientists use light-sensing protein to restore vision

Scientists have used gene therapy to partially restore sight in blind mice and plan to start clinical trials of the technique on humans later this year.  Key to the process is a light sensing protein called MCO1 opsin, which restores vision when attached to specific cells at the back of the eye.  These so-called bipolar … Read more Scientists use light-sensing protein to restore vision

Diet: Drinking tea and eating apples could help lower blood pressure and fight off heart disease

Drinking tea and eating apples can help lower blood pressure and fight off heart disease, study claims Researchers studied the diet and blood pressure of 25,168 people from Norfolk They measured flavanol intake using biomarkers, rather than self-reporting They found a high flavanol diet could lead to up to 4mmHg lower blood pressure This is equivalent … Read more Diet: Drinking tea and eating apples could help lower blood pressure and fight off heart disease

Long-lost Resurrection tectonic plate that formed 60 MILLION years may be lurking beneath Canada

Geologists claim to have found evidence of the long-lost Resurrection tectonic plate that has been a topic of debate among the scientific community – with some saying it never existed. A team from the University of Houston College believes to have uncovered remains of the plate hundreds of miles beneath a region of northern Canada. … Read more Long-lost Resurrection tectonic plate that formed 60 MILLION years may be lurking beneath Canada

Wacky tube man could keep dingoes from killing cattle in Australia, study finds

Forget about scarecrows – Australian farmers hoping to save their livestock from dingos might want to borrow a wacky tube man from their local used car dealer. A new study suggests the humorous figures’ unpredictable gyrations can scare off the legendary wild dogs. Dingoes are a major problem for Australia’s sheep industry, slaughtering thousands of … Read more Wacky tube man could keep dingoes from killing cattle in Australia, study finds

Incans buried elaborately decorated LLAMAS while the animal was still alive

The elaborately decorated mummified remains of sacrificial llamas have been uncovered in Peru, and they may have been used by the Inca people to placate the locals after they invaded their land, archaeologists claim. A team from the University of Calgary and the University of Huamanga, Peru, uncovered the unusual animal remains in the old … Read more Incans buried elaborately decorated LLAMAS while the animal was still alive

Moment the Moon photobombs NASA observation satellite’s view of the Sun during lunar transit 

The moon stole the show from the sun during its lunar transit. Astronomers observing the ball of gas caught the moon photobombing their footage on October 16 when it passed between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the sun. The transit lasted for about 50 minutes and at its peak, the moon covered 44 percent the … Read more Moment the Moon photobombs NASA observation satellite’s view of the Sun during lunar transit