Fly High in a New Self-Driving Taxi

While it’s no Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, this new vehicle from Tactical Robots could be the next step in flying cars.Tactical Robotics announced its AirMule (or Cormorant) had a successful test earlier this month. The autonomous flight is the first of its kind intended to carry passengers.However, the Cormorant’s flight wasn’t without its struggles. The two-minute flight test proved the...

Watch How These Stunning Crystals Take Shape

This video from Emanuele Fornasier, published to Vimeo, details the exquisite formation of crystals created through chemical compounds.Fornasier ran an electric current through the chemical solutions, and he recorded the reactions for this project. The clips were sped up, as some of the reactions can take several hours to fully shape.

How Does the Brain Create Joy? Ask a Rat.

Who knew that rats were so adorably ticklish?A new study published in Science identified the nerve cells that caused lab rats to squeak with happiness after being tickled.The study tried to determine what in the rat’s brains responded to ticklishness.“People really underrate the positive things — fun, happiness, joy,” said study coauthor Shimpei Ishiyama of Humboldt University of...

MIT Researchers Transform Spinach into Explosives Detector

Maybe Popeye the Sailor Man was on to something with his use of spinach in times of trouble.Recent studies proved that spinach goes beyond being a superfood. It can also be an explosives detector. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed spinach plants which can detect and alert about explosives.MIT engineers embedded spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes. This...

Scientists Just Discovered Another State of Liquid Water

Water remains one of the most important (if not the most important) compounds on the entire planet. However, despite being the source of life on this planet, we’re still discovering something new about the liquid.Researchers discovered that when water gets heated between 40 to 60 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit to 140 Fahrenheit), it switches between two different liquid...

Scientists Just Measured The Smallest Fragment of Time Yet

A second feels fast. A tenth of a second feels even faster. We blink over the course of a few hundredths of a second.But what about a trillionth of a billionth of a second?Physicists successfully measured time in zeptoseconds while watching an electron escape from an atom. This is now the smallest observed span of time.A team from...

These Batteries Could Store Five Times More Energy by Mimicking Human Intestines

Researchers with University of Cambridge created a new type of battery promising longer storage thanks to its intestine-inspired design.The prototype uses a lithium-sulphur battery cell rather than the traditional lithium-ion type. This would make the batteries energy-dense enough to last for extensive use.Today, lithium-ion is the fastest growing and most promising battery chemistry. But a type of Lithium-ion...

New Interactive app allows you to explore the Universe

Have you ever wondered at the vastness and the immense magnificence of the universe? Did you ever feel that you can only view this beauty through a telescope?A new app brings in a kaleidoscope with radio wave frequencies to expand what we can see of the night sky beyond the visible spectrum.The app integrates images from the successful...

The Universe’s Perfect Sphere Gets Discovered

The universe is filled with geometrical patterns. From the perfect symmetry in a snowflake to Fibonacci spirals in cabbage, we see it everywhere.Scientists from the Max Planck Institute finally found the universe’s perfect sphere. Kepler 1145123, nearly 5,000 light-years from Earth, now holds the record for the most spherical object in the galaxy.One would assume that stars, moons...

Watch How Rats Can Maneuver Up Your Toilets

The seemingly mythical instances where rats are found in someone’s toilet happen more frequently than you’d think.But how can large rodents get inside your toilet’s tight spaces? There’s no doubting that rats can squeeze through an open manhole cover and into the sewer system. But when they get so smaller spaces, a rat’s unique biology kicks in.The myths...