Scientists discover rock-eating worm that excretes sand

Scientists have discovered a new subspecies of worm that eats stone and excretes it as sand. As part of a diet that sounds like a guaranteed route to rock-hard abs, the insect has been found at the bottom of a river in the Philippines helping itself to portions of carbonate limestone. They burrow holes in the rock and keep fragments […]

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Scientists uncovered the diet of medieval peasants by analysing their pots

Medieval peasants mainly ate stews of meat and vegetables, along with dairy products such as cheese, scientists have found. Food residues were extracted from the remains of cooking pots found at the small medieval village of West Cotton in Northamptonshire. Experts from the University of Bristol used chemical and isotopic techniques to identify lipids, fats, oils and natural waxes from […]

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Scientists on the verge of creating 100 percent recyclable plastic

We’re surrounded by plastics for much of our lives. Plastics are cheap and easy to make, they’re often incredibly durable and they last just about forever. Unfortunately, those upsides are also terrible news for the environment, as plastic waste continues to pile up despite recycling efforts and public awareness campaigns. One of the biggest problems with the popular material is […]

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UK scientists build self-propelled aircraft that 'inhales' air

Experts from the University of Bristol, University of Newcastle, University of Sheffield and University of Southampton also collaborated on the project with companies across the country, who claim that it could provide a cheaper option for telecommunication activities. ‘Current equivalent aeroplanes are very complex and very expensive,’ Professor Rae continued. ‘By contrast, Phoenix is almost expendable and so provides a […]

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Facial-recognition technology to prove animals were stress-free

Proof they’re as happy as pigs in mud? Scientists use facial-recognition technology to prove animals were stress-free before they were killed for meat Thirty-six pigs are involved and 3D and 2D cameras are used to identify emotions Trials are being conducted at by animal researchers at Scotland’s Rural College The aim is to help farmers provide the best rearing conditions to […]

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Scientists finally reveal first image of a black hole

In a moment of great gravity, the world on Wednesday finally got a glimpse of a black hole — an object so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape from it. The first image of a black hole and its fiery halo was released by Event Horizon Telescope astronomers — and described the most direct proof of their elusive […]

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Scientists have found a way to levitate objects with light

Turns out the key to making things lighter than air is…light! California scientists think they’ve found a way to make objects levitate using concentrated light — a theory that could even propel spacecraft farther than they’ve ever traveled before, according to a report. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology believe that by covering the surfaces of objects with microscopic […]

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