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.
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.
Forests of mechanical trees could be built to 'soak up carbon dioxide' and help stave off climate change, scientists claim
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.
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.
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.
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 secrets of ancient Japanese tombs revealed: Satellite images show keyhole-shaped burials all face towards the arc of the rising sun, the Goddess Amaterasu that emperors linked to the mythical origin of their dynasty
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.
Surgeons successfully transplant two PIG KIDNEYS into brain dead Alabama man - two weeks after Maryland man received a pig's heart
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.
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.
Black hole is spotted 'giving birth' to stars in a nearby dwarf galaxy - suggesting the voids are NOT as violent as previously thought, NASA reveals
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.
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.
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).