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Solar-powered artificial leaf can allow drug production

Solar-powered artificial leaf can allow drug production

A team of researchers from the Netherlands have developed a first-of-its-kind synthetic leaf that can act as a mini-factory for drugs that would allow production of life-saving medicines anywhere there is sunlight.

The researcher led by Timothy Noel, of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, managed to tap into plants’ photosynthesis-based food-producing abilities.

They made use of a leaf-inspired micro-factory mimicking nature’s efficiency at harvesting solar radiation. To do that, they used new material called luminescent solar concentrator (LSC).

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Deep-sea octopods under threat from mining: study

Deep-sea octopods under threat from mining: study

Deep-sea creatures like Casper, which make their home nearly 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface, are under increasing threat from human activities, a new study cautioned.

Casper, a milky-white species of deep-sea octopus, was discovered in March this year. Now, the new study indicated that this newly discovered cephalopod species is being threatened by deep-sea mining.

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Scientists use laser to unlock antimatter secrets

Scientists use laser to unlock antimatter secrets

Marking a technological breakthrough, an international team of scientists claimed to have developed a new way to explore antimatter -- using a laser.

A team of researchers led by Alan Kostelecky, a theoretical physicist at Indiana University, successfully zapped antimatter atoms with a laser, and then precisely measured the light emitted by these bizarre anti-atoms.

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Pan-STARRS to publicly release the world’s largest digital sky survey

Pan-STARRS to publicly release the world’s largest digital sky survey

The Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) project is all set to publicly release the world's largest digital sky survey based on information compiled using the 1.8-meter powerful telescope atop the summit of Haleakala on Maui.

The vast catalogue is based on four years of observations of nearly 75 per cent of the night sky, providing all-embracing information on more than three billion stars, galaxies and other celestial sources.

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Elusive 'ghost shark' filmed alive for first time

Elusive 'ghost shark' filmed alive for first time

The highly-elusive ‘ghost shark’ has been filmed alive for the first time by a team of American geologists. The pointy-nosed blue animal was filed by accident in 2009, but the footage was released recently on the National Geographic channel.

The ghost sharks, which are a relative of sharks and rays, are also known as chimaeras. They are deep-sea animals, and usually live around Australian and New Zealand.

But, American geologists filmed the animal alive prowling at depths of around 2 kilometers off the coast of California and Hawaii.

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Newly developed ‘Gentle Bot’ is closer to real human hand

Newly developed ‘Gentle Bot’ is closer to real human hand

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a soft robotic hand that is able to not only touch delicate and fragile items but also to sense the shape and texture of things that it comes into contact with.

Lead researcher Huichan Zhao, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Cornell University, said their newly developed dubbed “Gentle Bot” is closer to a real human hand.

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Lack of right wiring in primates’ brains prevents them from producing human-like speech

Lack of right wiring in primates’ brains prevents them from producing human-like speech

Monkeys have a vocal tract capable of producing human-like speech but they are unable to produce words because they lack the right wiring in their brains, according to a new study.

Researchers have long been intrigued by primates’ failure to talk like humans. On Friday, a group of researchers reported that their study suggested that monkeys have the required vocal tract but they don’t have the right wiring required to produce words.

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UC Berkeley researchers unveil new hopping robot

UC Berkeley researchers unveil new hopping robot

A team of scientists at UC Berkeley on Tuesday unveiled a new hopping robot that can jump higher and more quickly than any other robot in the world.

The new robot dubbed “Salto” is a monopedal and is 10.2-inch tall. Instead of taking one huge leap, the new robot bounces off a wall with a big force to complete an even larger jump, much in the manner of a parkour expert bounding from a ledge to a wall and subsequently flying through the air to his next perch.

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New bird study has implications for robots & drones: researchers say

New bird study has implications for robots & drones: researchers say

At the time of lift off, birds’ wings generate tiny, circular currents of air known as wingtip vortices. A new study allowed a group of researchers to visualize and examine these wingtip vortices, and they discovered that found that the actual way the air moves is different from what is commonly thought based on theoretical calculations.

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Alerts remind people to refill medications before storms

Alerts remind people to refill medications before storms

Telephone calls or text messages from pharmacies before a major storm prompts people to stock up on their medications, a new study revealed.

Researchers, who included representatives from CVS Health and HHS, found that those who received a call or text message before a major blizzard hit the northeastern U.S. in January this year were 9 per cent more likely than others stock up on medications before travel became perilous.

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