The discovery of as large a planet as NGTS-1b around an M-dwarf throws a proverbial wrench into astronomers' assumptions about planetary formation.
Fat Mutant Plants
Whether or not people are going to take this research and try to breed super-sugary/fatty lettuce in some weird attempt to make people buy more salad is a question for another day.
Carbon Nanotube Use #51b: Beating Biology’s Water Filters
It's good to know that CNTs are useful for things other than space elevators that will probably never get built and the paint that's so black anything you coat with it looks like a hole.
Future!Tech: Slug-based Band-Aids
This new adhesive hasn't been tested humans, so you'll have to wait to slap a slug-inspired sticker on that injury you got from falling off your skateboard while trying to impress a disaffected teen with a sick ollie.
How do you make plastic take a walk? Purple.
Your Random Science News Story From the Month of June Have you ever heard of the Stransbeest? It's a kinetic sculpture that walks along a sandy beach thanks to the power of wind. Designed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen, he considers the PVC creations "new forms of life". Here's a TED Talk he did back… Continue reading How do you make plastic take a walk? Purple.
Future!Tech: Sugar sponges in your blood?
Preliminary small-scale study on mice demonstrates possible treatment for diabetes without using insulin or other hypoglycemic drugs. That's a lot of qualifiers.
Lonely Drunk Crayfish
Turns out lonely crayfish hold their liquor better than their social friends.
NASA had another press conference. Still not aliens.
Enceladus might produce a food source for alien microbes equivalent to 300 pizzas an hour.
The Musical Tastes of Chimps
Turns out our genetic first cousins appear to have no musical tastes whatsoever.
NASA had a press conference. It’s not aliens.
Dr. Michaël Gillon, whose team discovered the new planetary system, said they should be named after the first seven Trappist beers.