New ‘styrofoam’ planet provides tools in search for habitable planets

Astronomy
Fifth-graders making styrofoam solar system models may have the right idea. Researchers at Lehigh University have discovered a new planet orbiting a star 320 light years from Earth that has the density of styrofoam. This “puffy planet” outside our solar system may hold opportunities for testing atmospheres that will be ...

Hubble catches a galaxy duo by the ‘hare’

Astronomy
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the unusual galaxy IRAS 06076-2139, found in the constellation Lepus (The Hare). Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) instruments observed the galaxy from a distance of 500 million light-years. This particular object stands out from ...

Ancient Mars impacts created tornado-like winds that scoured surface

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — In looking at NASA images of Mars a few years ago, Brown University geologist Peter Schultz noticed sets of strange bright streaks emanating from a few large-impact craters on the planet’s surface. The streaks are odd in that they extend much farther from the craters ...

3-D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots the sense of touch

Engineering
Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics on real human skin. The research will be published in ...

Most home kitchens in Philadelphia study would earn severe code ...

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If held to the same standards as restaurants in the area, most Philadelphia home kitchens examined for a pair of Drexel University studies would receive “critical code violations.” Researchers checked 100 Philadelphia homes and found that most had evidence of pest infestations and didn’t store raw meat correctly. On top ...

Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve ...

EngineeringMore Science
The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research. The finding indicates that self-driving cars and related technology may be even closer to revolutionizing traffic control ...

Cotton tip applicators are sending 34 kids to the emergency ...

Medicine
While cotton tip applicators can be used for household cleaning, crafts and applying cosmetics, they are unfortunately also causing injuries to children. A study conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital researchers found that over a 21-year period from 1990 through 2010, an estimated 263,000 children younger than 18 years of age ...

Researchers demonstrated violation of Bell’s inequality on frequency-bin entangled photon ...

Physics
Quantum entanglement, one of the most intriguing features of multi-particle quantum system, has become a fundamental building block in both quantum information processing and quantum computation. If two particles are entangled, no matter how far away they are separated, quantum mechanics predicts that measurement of one particle leads to instantaneous ...
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  • Mosquitoes only mate once and 4 other facts May 27, 2017
    Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are well-known carriers of serious diseases like dengue fever, malaria, and Zika. Cameron Simmons, professor of microbiology and immunology at the School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne offers five facts about the “mozzies.” 1. Sperm stockpiles Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes only need to […]
  • We’re not the only animals with scruples May 26, 2017
    Just as in humans, conscientiousness in animals—which includes working hard, paying attention to detail, and striving to do the right thing—offers evolutionary benefits like giving them an edge in hunting and gathering, attracting mates, procreating, and fending off predators. Scientists reviewed nearly 4,000 animal behavior studies to track attributes like industriousness, neatness, tenacity, cautiousness, and […]