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Archaeology: Foetus preserved within an Egyptian mummy was 'PICKLED' by acidification,

The presence of the unborn child's remains was revealed using a combination of CT and X-ray scans (left and top right) back in the April of last year by a team of researchers led from the University of Warsaw. The mummy (bottom right) - believed to be the first embalmed specimen known to contain a preserved foetus - was taken out of Egypt by one Jan Wężyk-Rudzki, who donated the specimen to the University of Warsaw in the December of 1826.

Origami meets robotics! Incredible paper folding-inspired grippers are delicate enough to hold an egg yolk and precise enough to lift a human hair

The grippers are also precise enough to lift a human hair and a live fish without hurting it, reveal engineers in Raleigh, North Carolina. Footage shows that they can even lift pine nuts off the top of a raw egg yolk without puncturing it. The grippers mark a big step forward for soft robotics - creating robots that have soft and flexible joints so they can pick things up without breaking them. The grippers have been made from sheets of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is known for its wide uses in the food and packaging industries.

The Rome-based Virtual Telescope Project tracked Webb through space and found it in the bowl of the Big Dipper, before using a robotic telescope to capture a five-minute exposure of the telescope.

Historians have revealed ambitious plans to build a broch in Caithness, marking the first time such a structure has been constructed in nearly 2,000 years.

4G and 5G will get a coverage and speed boost from the repurposing of 3G spectrum, according to London-based Vodafone, but users of older phones will be forced to upgrade to stay connected.

You're taking the piste! Six-legged robot expertly SKIS down a slope in China in unbelievable footage

The robot (left) - which stands with two legs on each ski and grips ski poles with its middle legs - was developed by experts from the by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (bottom right). Putting the machine through its paces on both beginner and intermediate slopes (top right), the team showed that the bot can stay upright, turn and avoid crashing into people.

If global warming keeps drying out peatlands - waterlogged soils which cover about 10 per cent of the UK - then still-buried artefacts could be destroyed, archaeologists have warned.

The Falcon 9 booster has been floating around in a somewhat chaotic orbit ever since Elon Musk's company launched its first deep-space mission from Cape Canaveral in Florida in February 2015.

Forests of mechanical trees could be built to 'soak up carbon dioxide'

Developed by Klaus Lackner, Professor of Engineering at Arizona State University, the 'trees' are thousands of times more efficient than the natural variety. They are tall vertical columns of discs, each about 5ft in diameter and spaced two inches apart, covered in a chemical resin and placed like a stack of vinyl records. Currently the CO2 is simply stored, kept out of the environment but put to no other use, although other projects have explored re-purposing stored carbon dioxide.

Academics asked female volunteers to compare themselves to three body ideals. The Toronto team found the 'slim-thick' body ideal was worse for body dissatisfaction.

Neuroterus valhalla - which is just a millimetre long - honours 'Valhalla', the Rice University graduate student pub outside of which it was found in a live oak tree.

A workout that's out of this world! Astronaut on board the ISS demonstrates how to use a TREADMILL in space, using a harness and bungie to simulate the feeling of jogging on Earth 

Matthias Maurer, a German astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), can be seen fixed to a harness and bungie to simulate the experience of jogging on Earth. In the clip, Maurer can be seen floating around before grabbing hold of a handrail to steady himself and get in the correct orientation. The somewhat bizarre sequence of him 'running on the wall' then commences.


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Futuristic flying 'AirCar' that can transform from a road vehicle into a plane in under THREE MINUTES is certified to fly after passing safety tests in Slovakia

The AirCar was awarded its new status after completing more than 200 take-offs and landings during 70 hours of rigorous flight testing to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards. The futuristic flying car can reach heights of more than 8,000ft and speeds over 100mph. Now that the AirCar has been granted its Certificate of Airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority, the developers say a new production model is expected to be certified in 12 months.

The trial, announced by Walkers' US parent company PepsiCo today, will take the form of a specially-designed range of Walkers crisps to hit the shelves sometime in 2022.

Star of the show! NASA shares stunning footage of powerful solar flare erupting from Earth's sun that was only classified as moderately strong

The solar flare erupted at 1:01am ET on Friday. NASA shared footage of the powerful event, which has been classified as a M5.5-level flare - or moderately strong. 'Solar flares are powerful bursts of energy. Flares and solar eruptions can impact radio communications, electric power grids, navigation signals, and pose risks to spacecraft and astronauts,' NASA shared in a statement.

Forget robot dogs! Chinese military develops an enormous robotic YAK that is strong enough to carry up to 352 pounds and can sprint at 6mph

When deployed, the robotic yak will join soldiers from the Chinese army on logistics and reconnaissance missions across complex environments including snowfields, deserts and mountains. The missions will include working in remote border regions, as well as in high risk combat zones, according to reports by Chinese state media.

The San Diego Zoo was forced to euthanize a giraffe calf two days after it was born. The baby, named Masai, was not standing or feed and was sent for medical help - but he did not improve.

Aerospace firm reveals plans to build a spaceplane that can take off and land from a

Radian Aerospace, based in Bellevue, Washington, claims its spaceplane will completely transform travel - both in space and around the world. Named Radian One, when finished it will be a fully reusable, single stage to orbit vehicle that can be turned around and reflown within 48 hours.

Ancient Japanese tombs all face towards the arc of the rising sun, study shows

Hundreds of ancient burial mounds can be found dotted across the Japanese Islands, the largest of which are known as Kofun, and shaped like a keyhole. High-resolution satellite imagery allowed the team from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy to discover more about the mysterious monuments. The satellite imagery revealed the relationship between the monuments, the landscape and the sky - finding they orientate to the arc of the rising sun.

The same molecules that produce UV patterns in sunflowers also help the plant respond to stresses such as drought or extreme temperatures, experts from the University of British Columbia found.

Consumer group Which? said its findings suggest possible discrimination and a potential breach of UK law by the popular dating app. Tinder said the claims were 'categorically untrue'.

Surgeons successfully transplant two PIG KIDNEYS into a brain dead human

Jim Parsons (left) of Huntsville, Alabama, had two kidneys, procured from a genetically modified pig, transplanted in his abdomen after his own kidneys were removed. Amazingly, the transplanted pig kidneys filtered blood, produced urine and, importantly, were not immediately rejected by Mr Parsons' body. The procedure (top right) demonstrates how xenotransplantation (the transplantation of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another) could address the worldwide organ shortage crisis. Bottom right shows the team at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where the procedure took place.

The video selfie is taken on a mobile device and then uploaded to, along with the person's government ID. The site uses its facial recognition software to verify the individual.

Instagram is testing subscriptions with 10 creators in the US, who can set their own monthly fee that users pay to access exclusive Live videos and Instagram Stories.

Sharing food and kissing are among signals babies and infants use to interpret whether people are emotionally close, reveal experts at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Pristine 1.8 mile-long coral reef is discovered in the 'twilight zone' off Tahiti in waters deep enough to protect it from the bleaching effects of global warming

Scientists say the reef, which lies at depths of more than 100ft (30m), probably took around 25 years to grow. They added that there is no evidence the 'pristine', rose-shaped corals have yet been harmed by global warming, offering hope that more of the colonies rich in marine life could survive climate change than previously predicted. The discovery off Tahiti's shores suggests there may be many more unknown large reefs in our oceans, given that only about 20 per cent of the entire seabed is mapped, according to UNESCO experts.

The Doomsday clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight for the third year in a row. The decision was based on nuclear war risks, climate change, the spread of misinformation and conflict in space.

Black-browed albatross populations living on New Island, in the Falklands, were studied using accelerometers, depth sensors and GPS by researchers led from the University of Oxford.

Black hole is spotted 'giving birth' to stars in a nearby dwarf galaxy

New evidence from the Hubble telescope (inset, top left) shows a black hole at the heart of dwarf galaxy Henize 2-10 (bottom right) that's creating stars, not gobbling them up as usually expected from a black hole, report scientists at Montana State University's Department of Physics in Bozeman, Montana. Henize 2-10 is about 10 per cent of the size of the Milky Way and contains only one-tenth the number of stars found in our galaxy. Hubble imaging and spectroscopy of Henize 2-10 show a flow of plasma (ionised gas) 'like an umbilical cord' that stretches from the black hole, triggering star formation (depicted here in NASA graphic).

SpaceX fires its 2,000th Starlink satellite into space as Elon Musk's rocket company keeps up rapid-fire launch pace with the third Falcon 9 blast-off of the year 

Elon Musk's firm launched another 49 Starlink satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Florida at 21:02 ET on Tuesday - taking the total to over 2,000. Starlink is a constellation of satellites that aims to provide internet access to most of the Earth, particularly underserved rural areas.

Popular tropes, of wealth making people less likely to help someone, are  accurate, say the team behind the study, from the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway.

People who watch TV for four hours or more a day are a third more likely to suffer from blood clots than those who watch for two-and-a-half hours, University of Bristol researchers have found.

A bug has been uncovered in Apple's Safari 15, the firm's latest search engine. The flaw exposes users' internet activity and personal data to other websites. Apple is said to release a fix soon.

Don't look up! Astronomer captures footage of huge 3,451ft asteroid as it makes its closest approach to Earth in almost 90 years

An astronomer has captured footage of a huge asteroid 3,451 feet in diameter as it made its closest approach to Earth in almost 90 years. The clip was taken by Gianluca Masi, an astrophysicist and manager of the Virtual Telescope Project, provided by the Bellatrix Astronomical Observatory in Italy. The asteroid's size is depicted inset with the Empire State Building, Big Ben and Dubai's Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building).

Rare 'rainbow-hued' blanket octopus that stretches its arms out to form a cape when threatened is spotted twirling through the Great Barrier Reef

A marine biologist had a 'once in a lifetime encounter' when she captured pictures and footage of a rare blanket octopus swimming through the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. First discovered in 1963, the marine animal gets its name from sheets of webbing that stretch between some of their arms. And it will stretch its arms out to create a blanket-like silhouette n the hopes of scaring away predators.

The impact of pollutants found in diesel fumes and ozone on the pollination of black mustard plants was assessed by a team of researchers from the University of Reading.

Travel like a superhero! Bizarre zero emission electric craft that will allow its 'Superman-like' pilot to whizz through the air at 160mph completes its first untethered flight test

The full-scale electric ZEVA Aero, created by Tacoma, Washington-based firm ZEVA, performed a series of unmanned flight tests in rural Pierce County on January 9. ZEVA Aero completed four flights, totalling more than four minutes of controlled hovering, simulated taxiing manoeuvres at slow speeds and limited vertical climb manoeuvres. The 'personal flying machine' can transition from an upright 'hover mode' to 'forward flight mode' where the passenger faces downwards as they zoom through the air in a 'Superman-like trajectory' (illustration bottom right).

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Shep-en-Isis was found in 1819 at Deir el-Bahari, a complex of temples and tombs on the west bank of the Nile River in Egypt, before being transported to Switzerland.

The I-124 had been on a secret mission laying mines off the coast of Darwin when it suffered irreparable damage from dozens of depth chargers detonated by the HMAS Deloraine.

Ocean researchers searching for the sunken WWII USS Johnston came across the world's deepest-dwelling squid - a juvenile bigfin squid at more than 20,000ft below the surface.

NASA hasn't sent a vehicle to explore the surface of the moon since the last Apollo landing in 1972 - 50 years ago this year. Two contractors have competing rover designs for a landing this year.

Exxon pledges to hit next-zero emissions by 2050, but the target only includes 15% of its total emissions. It released about 762 million tons in 2020 and the 2050 pledge only cuts 112 million tons.

Ocean temperatures are the warmest they have been in a decade due to climate change, which is allowing tiger sharks to thrive in waters along the US northeastern coast, a study finds.

The wolf moon will rise at 4:31pm EST and peak at 6:48pm EST - and it will be appear full until Wednesday. According to NASA, there will be 12 full moons this year with the next in February.

Nations globally should agree to a UN treaty so they're committed to legally binding targets to combat plastic pollution, a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency said.

The fossilized flower bud, found in China, was found at a deposit dated more than 164 million years ago and could be the transitional stage that finally answer's Darwin's abominable mystery

The gene is the fourth most important factor determining how seriously a person suffers from Covid, according to scientists at Medical University of Bialystok, Poland.

The animation was created by an ecologist at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany.

The ancient leather armour with fish-like scales was discovered in the tomb of a horse rider at the Yanghai graveyard site near Turfan in China.

Bald eagles are feasting on dead deer that is contaminated with gunshot ammunition and are dying of lead poisoning. This is resulting in a drop in population growth of up to six percent.

Richard Branson 's space firm put the small satellites into a 310 mile orbit, launching from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California at 16:39 ET (21:39 GMT) on Thursday.

Also known as notothenioids, the icefish play an important role in the wider food web, say experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Experts from the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, examined tiny samples of the meteorite to better understand what caused the carbon-rich compounds.

The Greta Thunberg Rainfrog, Pristimantis gretathunbergae, doesn't exactly bear a close resemblance to its namesake.

With the help of a tailor-made microscope, researchers were able to record how brain cells of the fish - which are transparent when young.

The research, titled Shark Side of the Moon: Are Shark Attacks Related to Lunar Phase?, found an increase in shark attacks when the moon is fuller.

US law mandates helicopters have working radar altimeters in order to fly, but 5G is known to render the devices unreliable. This means many medevac choppers could be grounded.

A team of scientists found words like 'determine' and 'conclusion' that were popular from 1850 through 1980 have been since been replaced with human experience such as 'feel' and 'believe.'

Foodtech startup Platish introduced its plant-based salmon filet on Thursday that is made through 3D printing. It has Omega-3s and protein, but eliminates the mercury, hormones and microplastics.

Samsung's new TV remote, Eco Remote, harvests radio waves from nearby home routers as its energy source. It will be displayed at CES 2022 in Las Vegas this week.

A vegan and eco-friendly egg white has been created using fungus, which could provide an alternative to intensive chicken farming, reports scientists in Helsinki and Espoo, Finland.

NASA announced on Friday the Biden administration is extending operations of the ISS through 2030, but the ship was only meant to last 156 years and is starting to age.

Callisto will combine into one interface the voice control technology of Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant with Cisco's Webex video conferencing system.

The freshly-described flora and fauna hail from as far and wide as the lowland forests of Madagascar to the coral reefs around Easter Island and the treetops of Mexico.

Samsung's new Galaxy S21 FE was unveiled at CES. The smartphone boasts similar technology of the Galaxy S21 smartphone family, but for $100 less - the new handset starts at $699.

The 'Asian unicorn', also called the saola, is native to the mountains of Vietnam and Laos, but it's 'critically endangered' according to the IUCN Red List.

Species are disappearing at more than100 times the natural rate, according to Stanford University's Paul Erhlich, who said it was yet more evidence the world is facing a sixth mass extinction.

The space telescope was deployed from the Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay on April 25, 1990, sitting 340 miles above the surface of the Earth.

It has been slowly unfolding, part-by-part, as it makes the million mile journey to the second lagrange point, a gravitationally stable point between the sun and Earth.

Air pollution is estimated to have killed 1.8 million people in 2019 alone (Nick Ansell/PA)

Fine particulate matter concentrations and associated mortality trends in over 13,000 cities were studied for the period from 2000-2019 by George Washington University-led experts.

The first ever comprehensive study of mummified children in Sicily's famous burial catacombs in the city of Palermo is being led by Staffordshire University.

Affectionately known as 'our eye on the Universe', the Hubble Space Telescope was launched on April 24, 1990, via the space shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

More time than ever before is spent on mobile apps - 4.8 hours per day, or about a third of average waking hours, according to San Francisco firm App Annie.

Satisfyer brought a trove of vibrators to CES, while Lora DiCarlo's micro-robot that simulates a human mouth won an innovation award. Men's sexual health also had presence at the event this year.

The exoplanet, known as WASP-103b, is the first the planet found not to be shaped like a sphere. It's rugby ball-shape is due to a strong tidal forces between the planet and its host star.

The move will impact devices running BlackBerry 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10 and PlayBook OS 2.1 - although Android-powered models will be unaffected, the Canadian firm said.

The Environment Audit Committee criticised government inaction and budget cuts that are tying the hands of the Environment Agency in the fight against pollution in rivers across England.

People who are bored will behave more sadistically to mitigate feelings of being disinterested. This includes viewing images of injured people or even thinking about harming others.

David Colombo, 19, shared the warning on Twitter, saying the flaw was found in a third-party software that stores the Tesla owner's sensitive information. Tesla is looking into the matter.

A pair of cannabinoid acids were identified in cannabis that are able to bind with the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking it from infecting human cells. The compounds can also be taken orally.

The Steller's sea eagle that is lost in North America was been spotted in Maine during Friday's snowstorm. The 20-pound bird is native to Asia, but was caught in a storm that blew it off course.

Elon Musk's Las Vegas Convention Center Loop is shuttling CES attendees through three stations, but a video shows the underground tunnels are more of a 'death trap' than innovation.

The tracks - found on a beach near Penarth by walker Kerry Rees in 2020 - were examined by a team of experts from Liverpool John Moores University.

The telescope, which blasted off from the Guiana Space Centre on Christmas Day, is seen as a mere speck in the sky among the stars in footage.

Google attacked Apple saying it uses 'peer pressure and bullying' to convince users, mainly teens, that its iMessage is a status symbol and Android is a sign of lower class.

The US was hit with 20 extreme weather events, including droughts, flooding, tropical storms and wildfires, in 2021 that resulted in 688 deaths and cost $145 billion in damages.

Elon Musk's Tesla made a few updates over the weekend - it announced the Full Self-Driving package will increase to $12,000 and it added three driving modes to the system.