April 27, 2017

Nearby ‘super-Earth’ may be our best shot yet at finding alien life

By Jon Fingas From engadget LHS 1140b is in just the right orbit for atmospheric studies. Scientists are finding potentially life-bearing planets at a surprisingly high rate, but the latest may be more tantalizing than most. A research team has discovered LHS 1140b, a temperate rocky exoplanet orbiting the habitable zone of a tiny star […]

Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside ‘uterus-like’ bags

By Andrew Dalton, From engadget Doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new artificial womb that could benefit the tens of thousands of critically preterm (younger than 26 weeks) births in the US each year. According to a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the research physicians successfully kept fetal lambs […]

A group of 4 drones grounded 60 flights in a day, leaving 10,000 passengers stranded

BY YVETTE TAN From Mashable An illegal flying stunt of a group of four drones caused more than 60 flights to get disrupted on Friday — the third such incident in a week. More than 10,000 passengers were left stranded, as a result. According to a report by China News Service, Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport […]

This ram is so on trend with its fused ‘unicorn’ horns

BY SASHA LEKACH From Mashable Just when you thought we’d reached peak unicorn, a sheep in Iceland has been discovered masquerading as the real thing. A ram, born last spring to family farmers Erla Porey Olafsdottir and her husband, Bjarni Bjarnason, in Hraunkot, Iceland, has been named, literally, “Unicorn,” or “Einhyrningur” in Icelandic, according to […]

First gene therapy drug proves a flop in the market

By Jon Fingas From engadget Glybera’s $1 million price tag likely doomed it from the start. When UniQure launched the first commercial gene therapy drug, Glybera, it promised a minor revolution in medicine. By using custom viruses to deliver genes, it could reportedly cure a rare disease (lipoprotein lipase deficiency) with just one round of […]

China proves its first resupply spacecraft can reach orbit

By Mariella Moon From engadget It successfully docked with the country’s orbiting lab. China’s space program just hit a milestone: according to Reuters, its first cargo probe has successfully proven that it can ferry supplies to orbit. Tianzhou-1 took off from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the mainland on April 20th. In the early […]

WAP launches petition for Carnival to stop operating tours to the Cayman Turtle Centre

World Animal Protection (WAP) are launching today (25) a petition to one of the largest cruise companies in the world, Carnival cruise lines, to stop operating tours to the Cayman Turtle Centre. Carnival Cruise Lines are turning a blind eye to the appalling conditions that sea turtles experience by continuing to send endless streams of […]

High Design: How cannabis dispensaries actually work

BY KAT BAUMAN From Core77 Navigating the boutique beauty of federally illegal drugs It’s a complicated but exciting time to talk marijuana in America. The medically invaluable and minimally harmful drug is fast becoming a socially normalized staple crop. But for folks in states where progressive values and massive tax income are less important than […]

Britain has its first day of coal-free power in 135 years

By Jon Fingas From engadget Coal power has been a fixture of British culture ever since the country’s first plant went live in 1882. It shaped the Industrial Revolution (and the air pollution that followed), was involved in major labor disputes and even led to a famous album cover. However, the country is now backing […]

Gadgets openrov PowerRay is an underwater drone for filmmakers or fishermen

By Lora Kolodny From TechCrunch The creator of the PowerEgg, an ovoid flying robot, has begun accepting orders for its newest creation, a submersible camera drone for home use. Dubbed the PowerRay, the waterproof device can find, attract and record fish. It operates at a depth of 30 meters, or about 98 feet, for up […]