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99-Million-Year-Old Modern-Looking Crab Found in Burmese Amber

The new fossil from the Cretaceous of Myanmar preserves large compound eyes, delicate mouthparts, and even gills. Cretapsara athanata, a modern-looking eubrachyuran crab in Burmese amber. Image credit: Luque et al., doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abj5689. True crabs (members of the infraorder Brachyura) are an iconic group of crustaceans whose remarkable diversity of forms, species richness, and economic…

Unique Tests of Lepton Universality Increase Proof for ‘New Physics’

Physicists from CERN’s LHCb (Large Hadron Collider beauty) Collaboration have carried out new tests of lepton universality, one of the basic principles of the Standard Model of particle physics. This principle states that the Standard Model treats the three charged leptons — electrons, muons and taus — identically, except for differences due to their different…

Scientist Establish Wearable Electric Heating Unit

Scientists have created a textile-based wearable heater based on highly durable conductive yarns. An electrically conductive and durable yarn was sewn onto fabric and became a wearable heater (high temperatures indicated by yellows and reds) when a safe voltage was applied. Image credit: Pattanarat et al., doi: 10.1021/acsami.1c13329. Lightweight wearable heaters with heating elements embedded…

2 New Types of Limbless Skinks Discovered in Australia

Scientists have identified two new species of snake-shaped burrowing skinks (genus Anomalopus) living in mid-eastern Queensland, eastern Australia. Anomalopus sp. Image credit: Paul Horner / South Australian Museum / Queensland Museum. Anomalopus is a genus of worm-skinks, smooth-scaled burrowing lizards in the family Scincidae. Less then 10 Anomalopus species are scientifically recognized, all endemic to…

Feline Antimicrobial Germs May Assist Battle Difficult-to-Treat Animal and Human Skin Infections

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) is an important emerging zoonotic pathogen that causes severe skin infections. In new research, scientists have screened a collection of diverse Staphylococcus species from domestic dogs and cats for antimicrobial activity against MRSP. They’ve successfully isolated a unique strain — Staphylococcus felis C4 — from cat skin that inhibited MRSP and…

NASA’s Determination Rover Records Martian Sounds

NASA’s Perseverance rover carries two microphones which are directly recording sounds on Mars, including wind gusts, rover wheels crunching over gravel, motors whirring as Perseverance moves its arm, and the Ingenuity helicopter. This artist’s concept depicts NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance on the surface of the Red Planet. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech. “It’s like you’re…

TESS Discovers Pulsating White Dwarf in TW Pictoris System

The white dwarf observed by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a member of the binary system TW Pictoris and is known to be accreting matter from its companion star. An artist’s impression of a white dwarf — in this case a white dwarf in the MV Lyrae system — accreting as it draws…

Outstanding Crusader Sword Found in Israel

Several ancient artifacts, including a 900-year-old sword of a Crusader knight, have been discovered by Shlomi Katzin, a scuba diver from the city of Atlit in Israel, and his colleagues. Shlomi Katzin with the 900-year-old crusader sword. Image credit: Nir Distelfeld / Israel Antiquities Authority. The ancient iron sword has a 1-m- (3.3-foot) long blade…

Scientists Produce Self-Reconfigurable Swarms of Multi-Legged Robotics

A team of U.S. researchers has developed a reconfigurable swarm of identical low-cost four-legged robots — with directionally flexible legs and tail — that can be linked on demand and autonomously. Ozkan-Aydin & Goldman showed through a series of experiments that a swarm of chainable legged robots is capable of locomoting on challenging environments and…

1,500-Year-Old Wine Making Center Uncovered in Israel

An ancient wine production complex — the largest known in the world from the Byzantine period — has been discovered by a team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The ancient winemaking facility in Yavne, Israel. Image credit: Israel Antiquities Authority. The 1,500-year-old winemaking facility was unearthed at an archaeological city in Yavne,…
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