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Researchers develop artificial photosynthesis-capable device

Researchers develop artificial photosynthesis-capable device

A team of researchers led by University of Central Florida’s Prof. Fernando Uribe-Romo has developed a device that can reportedly trigger artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material.

In a manner similar to plants’ ability to make food using sunlight and carbon dioxide, the researchers’ invention absorbs greenhouse gases and generates fuel.

Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought

Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought

A tiny hobbit-like bipod dubbed Homo floresiensis evolved from a much earlier human species than previously thought, a new study by the Australian National University (ANU) suggested.

When a team of researchers discovered the remains of a ‘hobbit’s in Indonesia in 2003, they thought it was an evolutionary fork of the well-documented Homo erectus. But, the new study suggested that hobbits had evolved from a much earlier species of humans.

‘Hobbit’ may have a place in humans’ family tree: study

‘Hobbit’ may have a place in humans’ family tree: study

Short statured Homo floresiensis, which is better known by the nickname of "hobbit", had branched out from a common ancestor of modern humans earlier than previously thought, a new study suggested.

In 2003, a group of archaeologists from Australia and Indonesia discovered the remains of a new species of human from a cave on the island of Flores. The species was just 3.5 ft in height, and it quickly earned the nickname hobbit.

Whale and boat collisions are more common that previously thought: researchers say

Whale and boat collisions are more common that previously thought: researchers say

A new study by a group of marine biologists has indicated that incidents of collisions between boats and whales off of the coast of New England are more common than previously estimated.

The researchers focused on the population of humpback whales in the southern Gulf of Maine, off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire; and found that nearly 15 per cent of the marine creatures which come to area to feed every spring had injuries or scars consistent with vessel strikes.

Researchers discover potentially habitable 'super-Earth'

Researchers discover potentially habitable 'super-Earth'

Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) claimed to have discovered a super-Earth, dubbed LHS 1140b, orbiting in the habitable zone of a small red dwarf star.

The red dwarf star, designated LHS 1140, is around 39 light-years away from Earth and 4.2 light-years from our nearest star Proxima Centauri. The researchers estimated that the exoplanet is roughly 11,000 miles in diameter.

John Glenn’s trailblazing legacy takes flight

John Glenn’s trailblazing legacy takes flight

Former U.S. astronaut John Glenn’s trailblazing legacy took flight earlier this week as a cargo ship bearing his name was launched fro the International Space Station (ISS).

In April 1959, Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in the Friendship 7 space capsule. His space flight defined America’s position in the space race at the time, paving the way for the nation’s space programs, including moon missions. He died on Dec. 8, 2016.

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