Researchers find the macroscopic Brownian motion phenomena of self-powered liquid metal motors

The classical Brownian motion, resulted from microscopic molecule collisions, has been found for more than one hundred years. Recently, researchers disclosed the macroscopic Brownian motion phenomenon of the interiorly driven liquid metal tiny motors in alkaline solution. The driving force comes from propulsions of the hydrogen bubbles generated from bottom of the millimeter scale tiny motors contacting the substrate. The established optical image contrast platform distinguishes clearly the running trajectory of such hydrogen gas stream. —> Read More

Nanospiked bacteria are the brightest hard X-ray emitters

In a scientific breakthrough, researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhi Nagar have fashioned bacteria to emit intense, hard X-ray radiation. Published in Optics Express this month, they show that irradiating a glass slide coated with nanoparticle doped bacteria, turns the cellular material into hot, dense plasma, making this a useful table top X-ray source with several potential applications. —> Read More

Experts call for ‘all hands on deck’ to tackle global burden of non-communicable disease

A group of the world’s top doctors and scientists working in cardiology and preventive medicine have issued a call to action to tackle the global problem of deaths from non-communicable diseases, such as heart problems, diabetes and cancer, through healthy lifestyle initiatives. Their suggestions to prevent or delay health conditions that cause the deaths of over 36 million people worldwide each year are published simultaneously in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and the European Heart Journal. —> Read More

The ‘Dinosaur Turtle’ That Freaked Everyone Out Is An Alligator Snapping Turtle

A creature that looks like a miniature dinosaur, complete with spikes and a pointy beak, crawled out of a river in the Russian Far East and into the nightmares of many who saw images of it on social media.

The spiked turtle was found on the banks of the Amur River near the Leninskoye settlement, part of Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region, according to the Siberian Times.

When we saw it, we did not even realize that it was a turtle,” Anastasia Steshina, who filmed the creature, told the news site. “It reminded us of a dinosaur.”

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“It wasn’t just scary,” Steshina was quoted as saying. “It was biting through sticks with its jaws and tried to attack us, awkwardly though because it is a water animal. That said, it can move on the ground and you can see it has claws -– and I tell you, they are very big.”

Turns out, the creature is an alligator snapping turtle, and it’s a long way from home. National Geographic says the freshwater turtle is found almost exclusively in rivers, canals and lakes in the American southeast.

NatGeo says the turtles can live to between 50 and 100 years old. Males weigh around 175 pounds, with some growing to 220 pounds, and can have a shell that reaches 26 inches long. Females are much smaller, weighing about 50 pounds.

The Nintendo character Bowser from the Mario games is also based on an alligator snapping turtle.

Someone who owned the turtle may have dumped it into the river when it grew too big, The Siberian Times reports. It’s also possible the Chinese are breeding —> Read More

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