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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…

Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded: study

PARIS — Dinosaurs may have been warm-blooded, scientists said Wednesday, in a finding that could debunk one of the most commonly-held images of the extinct giants. Researchers in Spain and Norway reported in the journal Nature they had found tree-like growth rings on the bones of mammals, a feature that…

U.S. approves first obesity drug in 13 years

WASHINGTON — US regulators on Wednesday approved the first drug to treat obesity in 13 years, a drug called lorcaserin, marketed as Belviq and made by Arena Pharmaceuticals. The drug works to control the appetite through receptors in the brain and was approved as additional therapy for certain overweight and…

Early human relative species ate tree bark

A short, gangly relative of man that lived in South Africa two million years ago ate bark and wood, the only early hominid known to have done so, a report said Wednesday. While its ancient relations opted for softer grasses and shrubs, Australopithecus sediba, an upright-walking tree climber, “included quite…

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