Sitting for too long can be degrading to a person’s health by increasing their risk for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, deep-vein thrombosis, and metabolic syndrome. Jaguar Land Rover may have a solution for long road trips with their new shape-shifting seat that mimics walking using actuators built into the foam. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Around 4-years-ago astronomers discovered a potentially habitable planet called Proxima b around the star Proxima Centauri, which is just 4.2 light-years from Earth. Now, they’ve found a second signal they believe belongs to a super-Earth orbiting the same star. Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, is a low-mass red dwarf star known as an M-class dwarf and located in a triple star system known as Alpha Centauri, including binary pair Alpha Centauri AB. Read more for a video and additional information.
Israel-based Nanox created an X-ray machine that appears to be straight from the Star Trek universe, and it’s called the ARC. The company aims to make low-cost medical scanning available to people around the world with a much smaller footprint than current machines. This means ditching the expensive CT machines in favor of a portable bed. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Researchers at Tufts University have the world’s first living robots created using stem cells scraped from frog embryos. These cells were then use to assemble “xenobots,” or small 1-millimeter-wide blobs act like living, self-healing robots. They’re capable of walking, swimming and working cooperatively, but future uses include reprogramming tumors in the human body, deliver drugs or scraping arterial plaque. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s planet-hunting TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission has found many intriguing planets since it first began searching the sky in the summer of 2018, but a high school intern Wolf Cukier searching through its data contributed to its latest discovery. The planet, TOI 1338 b, orbiting two suns around 1,300 light-years away in the Pictor constellation, like Tatooine in the Star Wars films, is the first of its kind for the TESS mission. Read more for a video and additional information.
Most robotic insects would be out of commission if they were flattened by a fly swatter, but not this one. EPFL researchers have created an ultra-light soft robotic insect that boasts soft artificial muscles to move at 3cm per second across various terrain, and can be folded or crushed, yet remain functional. Read more for a video and additional information.
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According to NASA, a VW Beetle-sized asteroid is hurtling towards Earth and is set to pass by on January 2, 2020. This space rock measures diameter 13 meters in diameter, and is officially called “2019 AE3”. Currently, it’s traversing our solar system at a speed of 8.2 kilometers per second (5MPS), and will be closest to Earth on January 2 at just 0.013 astronomical units away. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Astrophysicist Ronald Mallett has dedicated much of his adult life to the notion that time travel is possible, and so far, he’s come up with the scientific equations and principles upon which he says a real-life time machine could be created. When he was just age 10, his father died suddenly, of a heart attack, and that event changed the track of his life forever. Read more for a video and additional information.
China has successfully launched Long March-5 Y3 Yaosan, one of the world’s most powerful rockets, in a major bid for its planned mission to Mars in 2020. This heavy lift rocket carried a Shijian 20 test satellite payload as it blasted off from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan at 8:45pm (12:45pm GMT or 6:15pm IST). Read more for a video and additional information.
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ETH researchers have managed to create shimmering chocolates that give off a colorful sheen without the addition of colorants using a process that imprints a special structure on the surface create a targeted color effect. This process is similar to that of a chameleon, whose skin surface modulates and disperses light to display specific colors. Read more for a video and additional information.