Empowering robots for ethical behavior

Public Release: 18-Jul-2017   Researchers have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots and humans to work and live side-by-side safely and effectively Frontiers Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe. Robots are becoming…

Did life begin on land rather than in the sea?

Public Release: 18-Jul-2017   A paradigm-shifting hypothesis laid out by UC Santa Cruz astrobiologists David Deamer and Bruce Damer could reshape our idea about the origin of life University of California – Santa Cruz For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of…

The last survivors on Earth

Public Release: 14-Jul-2017   University of Oxford The world’s most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration. The new study published in Scientific Reports, has shown that the tiny creatures, will survive the risk of extinction…

Shh! Proven security for your secrets

Public Release: 14-Jul-2017   Kyoto University demonstrates the strength of its new cipher Kyoto University   IMAGE: Kyoto University demonstrates the security of a cipher based on chaos theory. Credit: Kyoto Univeristy / Eiri Ono Kyoto, Japan — How do we know if the electronic keys we use in our devices are really secure? While…

A single nuclear warhead could cause devastating climate change resulting in widespread drought and famine that could cost a billion lives.

Public Release: 13-Jul-2017 Why a single nuke’s impact shouldn’t only be measured in megatons Study: Even ‘limited’ nuclear strike could cause widespread drought, famine University of Nebraska-Lincoln   A test in 1952 of a nearly 10.9-megaton nuclear bomb at Enewatak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. A team of Nebraska scientists have concluded that even a…

Everyday chemicals linked to chronic disease in men

Public Release: 12-Jul-2017   University of Adelaide   Chemicals found in everyday plastics materials are linked to cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure in men, according to Australian researchers. Researchers from the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) investigated the independent association between chronic diseases among…

India is busy developing a missile, which can target all of China from its bases located in southern India.| Asia | DW | 14.07.2017

Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China? A recent report by two top American experts that India’s nuclear strategy is targeting China has drawn mixed responses from Indian experts and academics who maintain there is no cause for alarm about the country’s nuclear position despite the changing geopolitical situation. Published in the July-August issue…

A newly-developed hands-free musical instrument now allows people to make music with their minds

Public Release: 12-Jul-2017 Creating music by thought alone   Frontiers IMAGE: The Encephalophone is a musical instrument that can be played by the mind alone. Credit: Photo courtesy of the University of Washington. Neurologists have created a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument, which they’ve recently described in a report in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Researchers hope…

New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis

Public Release: 12-Jul-2017   FECYT – Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology   IMAGE: Will another planet be added to the list of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in our Solar System? Credit: NASA Last year, the existence of an unknown planet in our Solar system was announced. However, this hypothesis…