Some may confuse this for CGI, but rest assured, the giant phantom jelly is real and was spotted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s (MBARI) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) last month at a depth of 3,200-feet. When fully grown, the bell of this deep-sea creature can measure more than one meter (3.3 feet) across, complete with four ribbon-like arms that can grow more than 10 meters (33 feet) in length. Read more for the video and additional information,
Scientists from Stanford University, Google Quantum AI, the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems and Oxford University are using Google’s Sycamore quantum computing hardware to create time crystals. For those unfamiliar with time crystals, they are both stable and ever-changing, with special moments that come at periodic intervals in time. They are placed in a new category of phases of matter. Read more for a video on time crystals for additional information.
Scientists have discovered around 400 Jupiter-like exoplanets to date, but none like TOI-2109b. This gas giant has approximately five times Jupiter’s mass and orbits its star in a mere 16 hours. Officially the second hottest exoplanet detected so far, it has an extremely tight orbit and its day side is estimated to be at around 3,500 Kelvin, or close to 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Read more for a video and additional information.
Princeton University and the University of Washington researchers have developed an ultracompact camera that is just slightly larger than a coarse grain of salt, thanks to a technology called a metasurface. The latter is essentially studded with 1.6 million cylindrical posts and can be manufactured just like a computer chip. Despite its size, this camera is still capable of producing full-color images that match conventional compound camera lenses 500,000 times larger in volume. Read more for another picture and a bonus.
Steve Verze from London received the world’s first 3D-printed prosthetic eye at Moorfields Eye Hospital last week and should reduce the manufacturing process to 2-3 weeks, with the initial appointment taking just 30-minutes. In a normal prosthetic appointment, the patient is required to undergo a 2-hour session to mold their eye socket, before the prosthesis is fitted and then painted. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers from the University of Vermont, Tufts University, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have created the first-ever, self-replicating living robots, called Xenobots 3.0. What is a living robot? They are capable of going out, finding cells, and build copies of themselves repeatedly. They are made from 3,000 embryonic skin cells of an African clawed frog. Read more for a video and additional information.
Researchers have for the first time ever detected of neutrino candidates, which are called nature’s ghost particles, produced by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN facility near Geneva, Switzerland. During particle collisions at the LHC, some of the neutrinos produced smash into nuclei in the dense metals, thus creating particles that travel through the emulsion layers and create marks that can be seen following processing. Read more for a video on ghost particles and additional information.
Scientists used artificial intelligence and NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope data to uncover 301 previously unknown exoplanets, which join the 4,569 already validated planets orbiting a multitude of distant stars. The team used a new deep neural network called ExoMiner that leverages NASA’s Pleiades supercomputer to distinguish real exoplanets from different types of false positives. Read more for a short video and additional information.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the winter blues refers to the general feeling of sadness due to the reduced level of sunlight, which disrupts your body’s internal clock, mainly a drop in serotonin levels. This is where CoeLux comes in, an innovative LED panel at its core that almost perfectly simulates the sun and sky, making closed spaces appear naturally bathed in sunlight. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
University of Cambridge researchers have developed a super jelly that looks and feels squishy, but acts like an ultra-hard, shatterproof glass when compressed, despite being composed of 80% water. How so? The non-water portion of the material is essentially a network of polymers held together by reversible on / off interactions that control the material’s mechanical properties, allowing it to be run over by a car. Read more for a video and additional information.