Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don’t really look lifelike. Inspired by both nature and biology, a scientist has designed a novel robotic finger that looks, feels and works like the real thing. Using shape memory alloy, a 3D CAD model of a human finger, a 3D printer and a unique thermal training technique, this robotic finger could ultimately be adapted for use as a prosthetic device, such as on a prosthetic hand. —> Read More
Have scientists found aliens on Pluto? Rumours of an ‘amazing’ announcement sweep the internet, but Nasa says there’s no new Horizons update
The rumour of an ‘amazing’ Pluto announcement seems to stem from a speech given by Dr Alan Stern, at the University of Alberta Canada, which Nasa says has been misinterpreted. —> Read More
The ancient mammal used its long snout like a vacuum cleaner, pulling up food from the heavily vegetated shoreline. —> Read More
One third of the world’s remaining safe carbon budget could be determined by urban policy decisions in the next five years
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) announced a new report today, which demonstrates that urban policy decisions before 2020 could determine up to a third of the remaining global carbon budget that is not already ‘locked-in’ by past decisions.
Existing research has shown that investing in low carbon infrastructure in the next five years will be four times less expensive than building high carbon infrastructure now, and then having to replace it in the future. Mayors and local leaders in power today thus have a major role to play in determining whether or not we have a cost-effective and, therefore, realistic path to a climate safe world.
“This report provides hope for the future because it shows that we don’t just have to rely on the outcome of the critical COP21 Treaty negotiations, but that mayors and city leaders in office right now have the opportunity to protect a large share of the world’s carbon budget,” said C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes. “The report calculates that moving from a business as usual scenario to low carbon urban development across all the world’s cities would save 45 Gt CO2 by 2030 – equivalent to eight times the current emissions of the United States.”
Scientists have previously calculated that we can emit a ‘carbon budget’ of just 1,000 Gt C02 without creating an unacceptable risk of run-away climate change, and that much of this budget may be locked-in by investments such as fossil fuel power stations, highways and energy-hungry buildings that have already been made.
Previous research has suggested that decisions about the remaining infrastructure will be taken in the next five years, by 2020. Fortunately, C40 and SEI’s new analysis shows that a third of the decisions will be made in cities, meaning local —> Read More
The deployment of this week’s final two Cubesats from the Kibo lab module is on hold today. Also, the crew is preparing a pair of spacesuits for an Oct. 28 maintenance spacewalk.
During a pre-flight briefing from California’s Vandenburg Air Force Base, participants discuss the National Reconnaissance Office’s NRO-L55 mission – scheduled to launch Oct. 8 with a host of small satellite technology demonstrators.
The 48-million-year-old fossilised remains of a horse foetus have been described by scientists. —> Read More
Research from academics at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) could dispel myths that our Neanderthal ancestors buried flowers with their dead 60,000 years ago. —> Read More
Did Neanderthals really care for their dead? Pollen found inside ‘graves’ is NOT proof of human ancestors burying flowers with their deceased
A fresh study of the Shanidar Cave in Kurdish Iraq, where the remains of 10 Neanderthals were discovered in the 1950s, suggests pollen found in the graves got there naturally. —> Read More
A new study suggests that methylation patterns in DNA may influence sexual orientation —> Read More