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Canberra protecting threatened pink-tailed worm-lizard
Pink-tailed worm-lizardThursday June 8, 2017 8:13AM ET
The pink-tailed worm-lizard (Aprasia parapulchella) is a rare legless lizard found in Australia.
GelSight technology lets robots gauge objects’ hardness
GelSight technologyThursday June 8, 2017 6:53AM ET
Eight years ago, Ted Adelson’s research group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical contact with an object to provide a remarkably detailed 3-D map of its surface.
'Instantly rechargeable' battery could change the future of electric and hybrid automobile
John CushmanWednesday June 7, 2017 8:23AM ET
A technology developed by Purdue researchers could provide an “instantly rechargeable” method that is safe, affordable and environmentally friendly for recharging electric and hybrid vehicle batteries through a quick and easy process similar to refueling a car at a gas station.
Human activity has polluted European air for 2,000 years
Colle Gnifetti glacierWednesday June 7, 2017 6:53AM ET
A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.
First genome data from ancient Egyptian mummies
Verena SchuenemannTuesday June 6, 2017 9:53AM ET
An international team of scientists, led by researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, successfully recovered and analyzed ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies dating from approximately 1400 BCE to 400 CE.
New clues to how massive stars die
Black holesTuesday June 6, 2017 6:58AM ET
Rochester Institute of Technology researchers continue to make significant contributions to gravitational wave astronomy, with the third detection of gravitational waves and a new black hole 49 times the size of our sun.
Cold brown dwarf discovered close to our solar system
Cold brown dwarfMonday June 5, 2017 7:54AM ET
A new citizen-science tool released earlier this year to help astronomers pinpoint new worlds lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system has already led to a discovery: a brown dwarf a little more than 100 light years away from the Sun.
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