RoboBee is the first tiny robot that can fly and swim

For the first time, scientists have designed an insect-like robot smaller than a paperclip that can both fly and swim – paving the way for future dual aerial aquatic robotic vehicles. The biggest challenge is conflicting design requirements: aerial vehicles require large airfoils like wings or sails to generate lift while underwater vehicles need to minimise surface area to reduce ... Read More »

Twitter help doctors track their patient’s medical experiences

Twitter is known for breaking news and celebrity tweets, but it may also prove to be a valuable feedback tool for medical professionals looking to improve the patient experience, a new study says. Johnathan Hewis, an investigator from Charles Sturt University in Australia, analysed 464 tweets related to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) over the course of one month. MRI can ... Read More »

Scott Kelly sets new record for longest space flight by an American astronaut

Scott Kelly, the commander of the International Space Station, on Thursday clocked 216 days in orbit to surpass the previous record for the longest single flight by a US astronaut. Kelly surpassed the previous record of 215 days set by the Spanish-American astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria in 2007, media reported. Kelly’s stint on the station is scheduled to last 342 days. ... Read More »

NASA releases stunning new picture of Pluto taken by New Horizons

In September, NASA had released some stunning close-ups of Pluto as taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. One of those was an incomplete image of Pluto’s crescent lit by the sun, and now NASA has released the full image, which shows Pluto in all its glory. According to a press statement by NASA, “this image was made just 15 minutes ... Read More »

Large asteroid shaped-like skull set to shoot by Earth on Halloween

A large asteroid that scientists only discovered this month will make a relatively close approach to Earth on Saturday, astronomers say, providing one of the best opportunities in years to gather data about a passing space rock. The asteroid, estimated to be about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in diameter, will shoot past the planet at 22 miles (35 km) per ... Read More »

NASA’s Cassini captures close up of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

Following a successful close flyby of Saturn’s icy, geologically active moon Enceladus on Wednesday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting its latest images. During the dramatic flyby of Enceladus, a prime target for future exploration in search of habitable environments beyond our home planet, the probe passed about 49 kilometres above the moon’s south polar region. “Cassini’s stunning images are ... Read More »

Researchers create new phase of Carbon, which is harder than diamonds

Q-carbon a new phase of solid carbon, created by researchers at the North Carolina State University, is harder than diamonds. Until now, diamonds have been considered the hardest naturally occurring material, but the discovery of the Q-Carbon heralds several new possibilities. “We’ve now created a third solid phase of carbon,” says Jay Narayan, the John C. Fan Distinguished Chair Professor of ... Read More »

Majority of Apple Watch owners in US plan to give it as gift

As the Apple Watch enters the critical holiday sales season, its biggest boosters may be people already sporting it. Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc appears to be benefiting from its loyal fan base as it rolls out its first new device since the iPad. Sixty-two percent of US adults who already have an Apple Watch plan to give the gadget as ... Read More »

Why Huawei’s Hi-Link has the potential to unify the Internet of Things

Smart homes and smart cities have become the buzzwords of tech companies around the world. But the idea has lacked the practicality that can make it really successful. And that is due to an obvious lack of standards, which essentially means everyone is doing their own thing and none of these spheres are really talking to each other.  So while ... Read More »

Internet making us politically narrow-minded?

  Personalised information on internet could be making us more politically polarised, since we are selectively exposed to like-minded information that confirms our point of view, new research has found. Internet technologies are likely exacerbating the behaviour of selective exposure, according to Ivan Dylko, an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo in US. “We tend to look for information ... Read More »