Light-powered RFID tags could soon power internet of things devices

Light-powered RFID tags could soon power internet of things devices

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a study detailing the use of photovoltaic powered sensors on radio-frequency identification, or RFID tags, to power internet of things devices.
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Conquistador anchors discovered off Mexico Gulf Coast

Conquistador anchors discovered off Mexico Gulf Coast

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History have announced that two 500-year-old iron ship anchors have been discovered on Mexico's Gulf Coast.
NASA's Mars 2020 rover successfully completes its first test drive

NASA's Mars 2020 rover successfully completes its first test drive

As part of NASA's preparation for next year's Mars mission, the Mars 2020 rover took its first driving test at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on December 17.
President Trump impeached, set to face trial in Senate

President Trump impeached, set to face trial in Senate

Donald Trump has now been officially impeached, making him the third U.S. president after Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton to face removal from office.
Volcanic climate change pre-asteroid impact may have contributed to dinosaur extinction

Volcanic climate change pre-asteroid impact may have contributed to dinosaur extinction

A new study published in Nature Communications has found evidence that another event may have contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Easter Island's Moai statues may have fertilized ancient inhabitant's crops

Easter Island's Moai statues may have fertilized ancient inhabitant's crops

Easter Island's Moai[b] stone monoliths might have been created out of the belief they would make crops more fertile, according to new research by the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sloped toilets proposed to reduce long bathroom breaks

Sloped toilets proposed to reduce long bathroom breaks

British company StandardToilet has unveiled a new design in which the toilet is tilted downwards at a 13 degree angle in a bid to reduce the amount of time spent in the bathroom.
NASA selects asteroid target site for spacecraft to sample

NASA selects asteroid target site for spacecraft to sample

NASA has selected a target site for the spacecraft OSIRIS[c]-REx[d] to gather samples on the asteroid Bennu, according to the mission's principal investigator Dante Lauretta.
How Facebook shows consumers ads based on their offline shopping habits

How Facebook shows consumers ads based on their offline shopping habits

Facebook is able to gather data about user shopping habits, both online and offline, in order to serve targeted ads on its platform, according to a new report by Business Insider.
More brain-power for sight needed than previously thought

More brain-power for sight needed than previously thought

Researchers say that the visual world humans perceive is produced by parts of the brain lying outside of the visual cortex, according to a new study published in Current Biology.
Ocean contains a million times more microplastic particles than previously thought

Ocean contains a million times more microplastic particles than previously thought

A new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego suggests that the ocean could potentially contain a million times more microplastic particles than previously thought.
NASA reveals plans for antennas on far side of moon

NASA reveals plans for antennas on far side of moon

Space researchers have proposed building a network of radio antennas on the far side of the moon, according to a NASA funded report.
'Impossibly big' black hole not as big as previously calculated

'Impossibly big' black hole not as big as previously calculated

Two new studies have called into question the size of the "impossibly big" black hole named LB-1, according to papers published independently to the arXiv database.
Stressed out plants emit sounds

Stressed out plants emit sounds

New research from Tel Aviv University has found that plants make noise when stressed.For the study, scientists focused on tomato and tobacco plants. They placed plants into three groups.
New recluse spider species discovered in Mexico Valley: biologists

New recluse spider species discovered in Mexico Valley: biologists

Biologists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico said they have discovered a new species of recluse spiders named Loxosceles tenochtitlan in Mexico Valley.
Sinkhole causes chaos in Xiamen

Sinkhole causes chaos in Xiamen

A massive sinkhole swallowed up several cars and part of a busy road intersection in Xiamen, China at 9:50 pm on Thursday, Chinese officials told China News.
Saving ozone layer reduced climate change effects

Saving ozone layer reduced climate change effects

A new study from the University of New South Wales has found that in addition to allowing the ozone layer to recover, the Montreal Protocol has also slowed the rate of climate change by up to 25 percent.
ClearSpace wins contract for space debris collecting spacecraft: ESA

ClearSpace wins contract for space debris collecting spacecraft: ESA

The European Space Agency has commissioned the world's first mission to capture a piece of space debris from Earth's orbit in 2025.
How hackers could use smart home devices to access personal data

How hackers could use smart home devices to access personal data

The FBI issued a statement earlier this month warning consumers about smart home devices that could be vulnerable to hacks.This includes smart digital assistants, smart watches, smart refrigerators, home security devices, and gaming systems.
LED fishing nets could save turtles and dolphins

LED fishing nets could save turtles and dolphins

Researchers at the University of Exeter and Peruvian NGO ProDelphinus have found that by putting LED lights on top of floating commercial fishing nets, the number of critically endangered species caught in them, can be reduced by 70 percent or more.
Physics of 'tiger stripes' on Saturn Moon Enceladus explained

Physics of 'tiger stripes' on Saturn Moon Enceladus explained

Scientists may have finally solved the mystery of the 'tiger stripes' on Saturn's moon Enceladus, according to a study published in Nature Astronomy.
Oceans are being depleted of oxygen due to climate change and run offs

Oceans are being depleted of oxygen due to climate change and run offs

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warns that climate change and nutrient pollution are depleting the oceans of oxygen in a report published in December.
Architects propose self-sustainable vertical city of the future

Architects propose self-sustainable vertical city of the future

The Italian firm, Luca Curci Architects have proposed 'Vertical City', a project involving a self-sustaining, zero energy building that intends to house 25,000 people.
New luxury superyacht inspired by killer whales

New luxury superyacht inspired by killer whales

Italian shipyard Rosetti Superyachts has unveiled its new luxury yacht that is designed to look like an orca.Project Orca will be 65 meters long and consist of four decks, SuperYacht Times reports.
'Seahorse hotels' planned for endangered White's seahorses in Australia

'Seahorse hotels' planned for endangered White's seahorses in Australia

New artificial habitats could help save the endangered White's seahorse species in Australia.