This is the lightest robot that can fly, swim and take off from water

A new insect-inspired tiny robot that can move between air and water is a lightweight. Weighing the same as about six grains of rice, it is the lightest robot that can fly, swim and launch itself from water, an international team of researchers reports October 25 in Science Robotics. The bot is about 1,000 times … Continue reading This is the lightest robot that can fly, swim and take off from water

Jupiter’s massive Great Red Spot is at least 350 kilometers deep

NEW ORLEANS — Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has deep roots. Data from the first pass of NASA’s Juno spacecraft over the incessant storm show that its clouds stretch at least 350 kilometers down into the planet’s atmosphere. That means the storm is about as deep as the International Space Station is high above the Earth. … Continue reading Jupiter’s massive Great Red Spot is at least 350 kilometers deep

New Horizons’ next target might have a moon

NEW ORLEANS — The New Horizons team may get more than it bargained for with its next target. Currently known as 2014 MU69, the object might, in fact, be two rocks orbiting each other — and those rocks may themselves host a small moon. MU69 orbits the sun in the Kuiper Belt, a region more … Continue reading New Horizons’ next target might have a moon

‘Santa’s bone’ proved to be correct age by Oxford University

A bone thought to belong to St. Nicholas, the fourth-century saint on whom the legend of Father Christmas is based, has been dated by Oxford University and is the correct age. Scientists used a radio carbon test to date the relic, and found it dates from the time of the Saint, who is believed to … Continue reading ‘Santa’s bone’ proved to be correct age by Oxford University