An unseen but extremely powerful cosmic burst has sent out sonic boom through the cosmos. This rare occurrence is an example of what astronomers call an orphan afterglow – the phenomenon astronomers have been chasing after for years, which now has been found although the explosion was totally unseen.
The agriculture sector is facing significant challenges as it looks to the future. Approximately one in nine people on earth don't have enough food to live healthy lives, and the world's population is expected to grow from around 7.5 billion to almost 10 billion by 2050. Natural resources are already stressed, and climate change is threatening to worsen environmental challenges.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 to Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter. One half of the prize goes to Arnold while the other half is shared by Smith and Winter.
A combined team of neuroscientists from the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University have successfully demonstrated a device that connects participants’ brain, enabling them to share their thoughts and cooperate while playing a Tetris-style video game together.
The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo for discovering how the immune system can fight off cancer.
Ashkin was awarded for the invention of “optical tweezers” that grab particles, atoms, viruses and other living cells without damaging them, while Mourou and Donna were given the honour for creating the ultrashort high-intensity laser pulses.
Researchers have discovered a new cognitive illusion called the liking gap – where people systematically underestimate how much strangers appreciate their company following a conversation.
Bisphenol substitutes used in BPA-free bottles, cups, cages and other items may not be safe for us after all as new study finds they could be causing problems in the production of both eggs and sperm.
Air pollution takes a year off the average global life expectancy according to study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.The study which particularly looked at distribution of a particulate matter called PM2.5 across the globe and its effects on overall global life expectancy found that for those living in the US and the UK, life expectancy drops to an average of four months - but for those living in Asia and Africa, the situation is even worse.