It could be possible for plants to create their own fertilizer

A new study led by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis Louis has shown that it is possible to modify plants in order for them to create their own fertilizer. This breakthrough could have a revolutionary effect on agriculture and could help billions of people. The study, led by Himadri Pakrasi and Maitrayee Bhattacharyya-Pakrasi, …

How Novichok nerve agents work

Novichok, the nerve agent that was used on the former former agent Serghei Skripal and his daughter, Julia, is a much stronger chemical weapon than VX, the substance used in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean dictator’s step-brother. Unlike other known neurotoxins which are used in the form of vapor or liquid, Novichok …

The coldest temperature in the world was recorded at the South Pole

A new study brings unprecedented information about the coldest temperature in the world. Researchers at Colorado-Boulder University have found that in some Valleys located in the eastern plateau in Antarctica, the minimum temperatures are even lower than it was originally estimated. For this study, the specialists used only data provided by satellites in the period …

The fastest supercomputer in the world is a million times more powerful than a laptop

Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) unveiled the fastest supercomputer in the world. The machine was named Summit and it has the size of two tennis courts, consisting of 4,608 servers. Thus, the supercomputer can achieve a performance of 200 petaflops. In other words, it can achieve about 200 quadrillion calculations per second. …

Days on Earth are getting longer

Researchers at Columbia University and Wisconsin-Madison University have conducted a study that shows how much the duration of a day has changed in time. Thus, 1.4 billion years ago, one day on Earth was not 24 hours, but only 18 hours. At that time, the Moon was much closer to Earth, and its gravity was …

A meteorite crashed in Botswana. It was observed just a few hours before the impact

A meteorite crashed in Botswana. The impact took place on Saturday night. A small asteroid called 2018 LA (ZLAF9B2) crashed in Botswana on 06.02.2018, 16:53 UT local time. The object was about 2 meters in diameter and it was observed very late, just 7 hours before it entered the athmosphere. Researchers at Catalina Sky Survey, …

Studies conclude: Keep your brain in shape by learning music or a new language

A new study suggests that whether you learn to play a musical instrument or you learn to speak another language, you train your brain to be more effective. Researchers at Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, IL have concluded that musicians and bilingual people use less brain resources when finalizing a task involving …

Duck-Billed Platypus’ milk could help us fight antibiotic resistant bacteria

The Duck-Billed Platypus is an extremely bizarre animal. He is one of the very few survivors of the group of mammals that is laying eggs. It has venomous fins, and it looks like a hybrid of a duck and a rodent. Now, another interesting feature of this unusual looking animal has been discovered: its milk …

MIT engineers built a device that generates electricity from the air

Temperature changes are taking place around us all the time, and scientists have created a device that can convert these fluctuations into electricity by feeding sensors and communication devices with the help of the surrounding air. The energy is obtained by what is called a thermal resonator: a device that captures the heat on one …

Israeli ophthalmologists invented revolutionary eyedrops that can improve vision and even replace glasses

A team of researchers from Shaare Zedek Medical Center and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar-Ilan University (Israel) created eye drops that can repair corneas and improve myopia and hypermetropia. “Nanoparticles” have been successfully tested on pig corneas, and clinical trials will begin later this year, writes Interesting Engineering. The test results …