The University of Sheffield at the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (ScentRO), invented an ultrasonic helmet which allow fire-fighters to detect objects without actually being able to see them. The helmet has in built ultrasound sensors that have the ability to detect the distance between the helmet and objects and obstacles near by. These signals are transmitted to vibration pads attached to the inside of the helmet and the firefighter’s head.
Scientists from the University of Padua in Italy say new tests they have conducted on the Shroud of Turin, indicated the linen cloth imprinted with the face and body of Jesus is real. The study carbon dated the cloth to between 280 BC and 220 AD. In a new book by Professor Guilio Fanti, “Il Mistero della Sindone” or “The Mystery of the Shroud,” explain how fibers from the shroud were analyzed using infrared light and spectroscopy. If the Italian scientists are correct, the shroud could have been used during Jesus’ lifetime.
New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Simon Garnier research team used tiny robots to mimic the behavior of ants, to help improve modern transportation. The study indicate that robotic ants can automatically choose the shortest route from their food sources back to their nests. The mini robots known as Alice form a so called superorganism.
Ants are notorious for their colony-wide behavior, acting as one when assembled in groups and using the shortest paths to navigate to their food, forming a so-called superorganism and our societies could benefit from applying it to everyday problems.
Florida fisherman found a two headed bull shark fetus after cutting open the uterus of an adult shark. This is a form of deformity also know as an axial bifurcation. The result is an embryo failing to split properly into two separate individuals. Check out the video.
Research done by Dr. Seth Cherry of the University of Alberta, found that climate change has forced polar bears to spend a lot of time on land. The polar bears are shifting their migration patterns as a result of alterations in the sea ice.
Dr. Seth Cherry said:
This poses an interesting challenge for a species that has evolved as a highly efficient predator of ice-associated seals. Because although polar bears are excellent swimmers compared with other bear species, they use the sea ice to travel, hunt, mate and rest. Defining precisely what aspects of sea ice break-up and freeze-up affect polar bear migration, and when these conditions occur, is a vital part of monitoring how potential climate-induced changes to sea ice freeze-thaw cycles may affect the bears.
Physicists at CERN reported that the new data indicates they have finally found a Higgs boson also known as The God Particle. It explains why sub-atomic particles have mass and also highlights the value of the collaborative spirit that led to its discovery.
Whether or not it is a Higgs boson is demonstrated by how it interacts with other particles, and its quantum properties. For example, a Higgs boson is postulated to have no spin, and in the Standard Model its parity – a measure of how its mirror image behaves – should be positive. CMS and ATLAS have compared a number of options for the spin-parity of this particle, and these all prefer no spin and positive parity. This, coupled with the measured interactions of the new particle with other particles, strongly indicates that it is a Higgs boson.
Check out the video where NASA explains what happened with the asteroid 2012 DA14 which was not detected by telescopes. Scientists used the infrasound sensors from the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) to find the answers.
The asteroid was about 17 meters in diameter and weighed approximately 10,000 metric tons. It struck Earth’s atmosphere at 40,000 mph and broke apart about 12 to 15 miles above Earth’s surface. The energy of the resulting explosion exceeded 470 kilotons of TNT.
John A. Rogers, a researcher at the University of Illinois came up with the flexible lithium ion battery. The new, stretchable batteries will have potential in fields where normal, rigid batteries may not. It has a similar voltage as a normal battery and can last without a recharge for about nine hours.
Yonggang Huang and John A. Rogers collaborated in the research paper for this battery and said:
We start with a lot of battery components side by side in a very small space, and we connect them with tightly packed, long wavy line. These wires provide the flexibility. When we stretch the battery, the wavy interconnecting lines unfurl, much like yarn unspooling. And we can stretch the device a great deal and still have a working battery.
New research by Kenneth Catania, a professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, shows that moles have been able to distinguish subtle differences in smells between their different nostrils in stereo. Kenneth found that the blind mole, lacked the star-nosed moles receptors and can only hear low frequency sounds, were able to find food just as easily by following their noses. Paper is now published in Nature.
Rresearchers revealed that the skeletal remains found under a parking lot in a English Midlands city were those of King Richard III. He is the medieval king portrayed by Shakespeare as a homicidal tyrant who killed his two young nephews in order to ascend the throne.
DNA from the bones, matches that of a living descendant of the monarch’s two modern-day descendants.