Japanese Scientists Build a Dance Teacher Robot

  • This robot can slow dance so well it can teach humans. Scientists at Tohoku University have built a dance instructor robot. The robot does help people learn how to dance. It can also assess your dancing capabilities. The robot was not actually created to replace human dance teachers. The goal of the robot dancer was to learn more about human-robot interactions. Read more... June 21, 2017

  • Scientists Plan to Destroy Weeds With Laser Equipped Robots

  • German scientists are developing lasers that could be used by robots to kill weeds. Dr. Julio Pastrana and Tim Wigbels from the Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation at the University of Bonn envision robots that could automatically identify weeds in a field and then destroy the weeds with a short laser pulse. They are pictured above happily working on their weed recognition software. Read more... June 19, 2017

  • Newly Discovered Russian Pliosaur Named After Mongolian Water Spirit

  • A new species of pliosaur has been named after a spirit from Mongolian mythology. The pliosaur skeleton was found in 2002 in the in the Cretaceous deposits on the bank of the Volga River. The pliosaur had an elongated skull with slender snout and relatively small teeth. An international scientific team has taken part in the study and description of the new genus and species. The researchers call the new species "highly unusual" and say it shows "close convergence with the cranial structure of polycotylids." Read more... June 17, 2017

  • Scientists Genetically Engineer Glow-in-the-Dark Mosquito Killing Fungus to Produce Spider and Scorpion Venom

  • Scientists have genetically engineered a mosquito-killing fungus. The fungus glows in the dark and produces spider and scorpion toxins. The fungus can be seen on the dead female mosquito above. Read more... June 15, 2017

  • Jupiter is the Oldest Planet in our Solar System

  • Scientists have determined that Jupiter is the oldest planet in our solar system. The researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Institut fur Planetologie at the University of Munster in Germany studied tungsten and molybdenum isotopes on iron meteorites. The isotope analyses of meteorites indicates that Jupiter's solid core formed within only about 1 million years after the start of the solar system history, making it the oldest planet. Read more... June 14, 2017

  • Giant Kangaroo-sized Flying Turkeys Once Roamed Australia

  • Australia was home to giant, kangaroo-sized flying turkeys about two million years ago. The large turkeys were as tall as a grey kangaroo. The were relatives of the Malleefowl and Brush-turkeys that are found in Australia today. The ancient giant turkey weighed up to 8kg (17.6 lbs). This is about four times the weights of the Malleefowl. Read more... June 14, 2017

  • Amputated Flatworm Regenerated Into Double-Headed Worm While Traveling in Space

  • Scientists wanted to test flatworms regeneration capabilities in space so they sent an amputated group of planaria on a trip aboard the International Space Station. The researchers wanted to see if the worms would regenerate in space. They were surprised to find that one of the flatworms not only regenerated but grew a second head. Read more... June 13, 2017

  • Ancient Snake Species Had Wing-like Projections on its Vertebrae

  • A snake fossil discovered in an ancient snake hole in eastern Tennessee has an interesting feature on its vertebrae. The vertebrae have wing-like projections. This doesn't match the skeleton of any known species of snake, living or extinct. The snake lived about 5 million years ago. Read more... June 12, 2017

  • Great Cormorants Can Hear Underwater

  • Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have discovered that great cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) can hear underwater. This is the first time research has shown marine birds can hear underwater. The researchers note that about one tenth of bird species hunt underneath the water so the ability is something that would greatly aid in their hunting ability. Read more... June 12, 2017

  • Inflated Hedgehog Treated for Severe Case of Balloon Syndrome

  • A hedgehog suffering from balloon syndrome has been rescued and treated. The BBC News reports that the small animal had "blown up like a beach ball." It was rescued in Toll Bar, Doncaster by a person who saw the inflated hedgehog wandering around in circles. It was taken to an RSPCA center for treatment. Read more... June 11, 2017