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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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Pluto’s gigantic liquid ocean is rather noxious: study

Pluto’s gigantic liquid ocean is rather noxious: study

Dwarf planet Pluto is one of solar system’s smaller ocean worlds and its liquid water hidden under its icy surface might amount to a sphere up to 780 miles wide or roughly 75 per cent of Earth’s entire liquid water reservoir, a new study suggested.

Pluto is more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) away from the Sun. thus, is has icy surface, but NASA researchers have concluded that it has vast sources of liquid water under its surface.

News media reporting on global temperatures is faulty: Scientists argue

4A---News media report on global temperatures is faulty: scientists argue

The controversial news media report, which suggested there is no link between recent record-high global temperatures and climate change, has been refuted by scientists.

Debunking the report's conclusion, the scientists argued that it was based on incomplete data about climate change and global warming.

NASA researchers have predicted that 2016 will most probably be the hottest year on record, surpassing the record set in 2015. Scientists were prompt to blame climate change for the problem.

Researchers explore how human brain ‘store’ and ‘hide’ memory

4A---Researchers explore how human brain ‘store’ and ‘hide’ memory

A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has attempted to explore and reveal how the human brain 'store' and 'hide' memory.

The human brain's working memory allows it to determine what to store and what to set aside. But, scientists have long been struggling to determine how it works. Now, the researchers' new paper titled "Reactivation of latent working memories with transcranial magnetic stimulation," claims to have solved that mystery.

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