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Scientists add ‘leap second’ to Saturday

Thanks to science, your weekend will be one second longer (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) The transition from June to July will be delayed by circumstances beyond everyone’s control. Time will stand still for one second on Saturday evening (June 30) because a “leap second” will be added to let…

Scientists puzzle over dozens of dead green turtles

Scientists were at a loss Friday to explain the mysterious deaths of more than 70 green turtles that have washed up on beaches in northeast Australia over the last week. Queensland state authorities said 62 of the vulnerable species were confirmed dead and another 10 were spotted floating at sea…

Doctor pulls 13cm live worm from man’s eye in India

A doctor in India has pulled a live 13 centimetre-long worm from the eye of an elderly patient who was complaining of persistent pain in an operation reminiscent of a far-fetched alien movie plot. When Dr V. Seetharaman examined 75-year-old patient P.K. Krishnamurthy at Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital this week, the…

Hidden ocean discovered on Saturn’s Titan

Life on Saturn moon? Discovery of hidden ocean on Titan tantalizes. (+video) A global ocean appears to lurk miles beneath the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, adding to the allure of an object rich with the building blocks of organic life and often likened to Earth before life emerged. Cassini…

Ex-NASA astronauts aim to launch asteroid tracker

WASHINGTON — A private company made up of former NASA astronauts and US scientists said Thursday it is planning to build and launch its own space telescope to track dangerous asteroids and protect the Earth. The project by the B612 Foundation aims to launch the “first privately funded deep space…

Oldest known pottery is found in China

WASHINGTON — Bits of the oldest known pottery, some 2,000 years older than previously found pieces, have been uncovered in China, researchers said in the US journal Science on Thursday. The fragments were believed to belong to a community of roving hunter-gatherers some 20,000 years ago and apparent scorch marks…

Researchers develop spray-on battery

A cutting-edge battery that can be spray-painted on just about any surface was unveiled Thursday by a research team that tested it on everything from bathroom tiles to a beer mug. The design could revolutionise the design of lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, cellphones and electric cars — leading…

Scientists: ‘Oxygen substitute’ shot can keep non-breathing patients alive

Researchers at the Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a new microparticle that can be used to oxygenate blood cells and keep a non-breathing patient alive for up to 30 minutes, according to the scientific journal Science Transitional Medicine. The particles, a combination of fat and oxygen, can be injected directly…

Robot beats human at rock, paper, scissors. Every time.

Robot beats human at rock, paper, scissors. Every time. (via The Christian Science Monitor) It didn’t really come as a surprise when they started beating us at checkers. There are, after all, a finite number of possible configurations of pieces on the board (about 500 billion billion), each with an optimal…

Astronomers use an old trick to open new window on extrasolar planets

Astronomers use an old trick to open new window on extrasolar planets A method astronomers have used for nearly 20 years to indirectly find planets orbiting other stars has for the first time been used to take the direct measure of an extrasolar planet itself. The approach not only yields…

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