Have you ever wanted to control a cockroach with a smartphone? In a month, your weird wish could be granted. A company called Backyard Brains is releasing the first commercially available cockroach cyborg in the form of some microelectronics that the user would attach to the back of a cockroach.
The whole thing costs about $99, and comes with the electronics, a cockroach and surgical equipment to fuse the two together.
The cells of naked mole rats seem to build better proteins, which may explain their immunity to diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. And it’s been known that these rodents can live up to 30 years - that’s eight to 10 times that of mice and other rats.
Before you start thinking of amputating arms, they didn’t actually “create” a lightsaber. Instead, a joint Harvard-MIT research team has “managed to coax photons into binding together to form molecules”, creating “photonic molecules.”
Those molecules basically behave like the green (or red, if you’re a Sith Lord) glowing stuff you’d find in a lightsaber.
The deadly nerve gas Sarin is believed to be behind the poison gas attack that killed more than 1,400 people in the Syrian suburbs of Damascus on August 21. And the horribly potency of the gas has raised questions about what it would take to arm the public against a future chemical weapons attack.
To answer these questions, we took a look the science behind Sarin.
ICYMI: Watch giant panda Mei Xiang deliver a healthy panda cub, then cradle her baby.
The successful delivery at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo last Friday was a huge relief since there’s a narrow 36-hour window each year when the panda can conceive.
Now, there’s a new set of tools that’s helping scientists better monitor and detect panda pregnancies. The technology will even help determine who the baby daddy is (a paternity test will determine whether Tian Tian, the National Zoo panda, or Gao Gao from the San Diego Zoo is the father).