Bizarre Things

bizarre things from around the world

Jupiter’s unknown journey revealed

March 22, 2019

The giant planet Jupiter was formed four times further from the sun than its current orbit, and migrated inwards in the solar system over a period of 700,000 years. Researchers found proof of this incredible journey thanks to a group of asteroids close to Jupiter. Read More

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Researchers get humans to think like computers

March 22, 2019

Computers, like those that power self-driving cars, can be tricked into mistaking random scribbles for trains, fences and even school buses. People aren’t supposed to be able to see how those images trip up computers but in a new study, researchers show most people actually can. Read More

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4D-printed materials can be stiff as wood or soft as sponge

March 22, 2019

Imagine smart materials that can morph from being stiff as wood to as soft as a sponge – and also change shape. Rutgers University-New Brunswick engineers have created flexible, lightweight materials with 4D printing that could lead to better shock absorption, morphing airplane or drone wings, soft robotics and tiny implantable biomedical devices. Read More

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Dynamic hydrogel used to make ‘soft robot’ components and LEGO-like building blocks

March 21, 2019

A new type of hydrogel material could soon make assembling complex microfluidic or soft robotic devices as simple as putting together a LEGO set. Read More

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Engineers demonstrate metamaterials that can solve equations

March 21, 2019

Engineers have designed a metamaterial device that can solve integral equations. The device works by encoding parameters into the properties of an incoming electromagnetic wave; once inside, the device’s unique structure manipulates the wave in such a way that it exits encoded with the solution to a pre-set integral equation for that arbitrary input. Read […]

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In a new quantum simulator, light behaves like a magnet

March 21, 2019

Physicists propose a new ‘quantum simulator’: a laser-based device that can be used to study a wide range of quantum systems. Studying it, the researchers have found that photons can behave like magnetic dipoles at temperatures close to absolute zero, following the laws of quantum mechanics. The simple simulator can be used to better understand […]

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Matter-antimatter asymmetry in charmed quarks

March 21, 2019

Physicists have confirmed that matter and antimatter decay differently for elementary particles containing charmed quarks. The findings may also indicate new physics beyond the Standard Model, which describes how fundamental particles interact with one another. Read More

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True-meaning wearable displays: Self-powered, washable and wearable

March 21, 2019

When we think about clothes, they are usually formed with textiles and have to be both wearable and washable for daily use; however, smart clothing has had a problem with its power sources and moisture permeability, which causes the devices to malfunction. This problem has now been overcome by a research team, who developed a […]

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Giant X-ray ‘chimneys’ are exhaust vents for vast energies produced at Milky Way’s center

March 20, 2019

At the center of our galaxy, where an enormous black hole blasts out energy as it chows down on interstellar detritus while neighboring stars burst to life and explode. astronomers have discovered two exhaust channels — dubbed the ‘galactic center chimneys’ — that appear to funnel matter and energy away from the cosmic fireworks. Read […]

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Toilet seat that detects congestive heart failure getting ready to begin commercialization

March 20, 2019

A toilet-seat based cardiovascular monitoring system aims to lower the hospital readmission rates of patients with congestive heart failure. Read More

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