Weekly Science Picks

It’s Sunday again. Time for some science-y goodness from around the globe!! Mouse eats scorpion, feels no pain. The discovery that a type of mouse feels no pain from scorpion venom has revealed a new strategy for developing pain-killing drugs. Hubble to get boost from gravitational lensing Astronomers are attempting to boost the imaging prowess …

Weekly Science Picks

  Welcome to this edition of Weekly Science Picks!   Here’s a great little story to get us started about how one scientist found out about his Nobel Prize win this past week. He doesn’t carry a mobile. Prof Peter Higgs did not know he had won Nobel Prize by BBC News Nobel Prize-winning scientist …

DARPA’s ATLAS Humanoid Robots

NASA is exploring peaceful civilian space applications for ATLAS-related technologies. Atlas is a new humanoid robot 6 foot, 2 inches tall weighing 330 pounds. Atlas is initially being designed to provide humanitarian assistance in disaster response/crisis situations. NASA’s Johnson Space Center (Valkyrie) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory(RoboSimian) teams are participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) focused on developing innovative …

Pluto’s new moons named: Spock still homeless

The dwarf planet, Pluto, can still generate plenty of public interest – if the naming of its two recently discovered moons is anything to go by. After their discovery, the leader of the research team, Mark Showalter, called for a public vote to suggest names for the two objects. The on-line contest, aptly named ‘Pluto …

Weekly Science Picks

Greetings one and all, and a very happy science Sunday to you! This week’s generally been quite interesting. We’ve had good news, bad news, a little heated discussion… All the kind of things which keep the science community vibrant and interesting. As for specifically what that news was, well. Please do read on…   First …

New light on dark matter: space station magnet attracts praise

Nobel prizewinner Samuel Ting, early Thursday morning (March 4, 2:00 AEDT), announced the first results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) search for dark matter. The findings, published in Physical Review Letters, provide the most compelling direct evidence to date for the existence of this mysterious matter. In short, the AMS results have shown an …