Life on Earth may have started thanks to a modified version of RNA

DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid – is widely known as the molecule found in the nucleus of all our cells that contains genetic information. It is shaped like a double-helix and made of small sections called nucleotides.  Each nucleotide contains a nucleobase, a sugar, and a phosphate group. The sugar component in this particular molecule is … Read more

Hovershoes are here! $200 self-balancing skates slip under your shoes to propel you at 7mph

Move over, hoverboards.  A new pair of hovershoes unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show could soon replace your scooter, bike and skateboard – just don’t try to take them for a spin in the rain.  Called the Motokick hover shoes, the $200 self-balancing skates slip underneath your shoes to propel users at speeds of up … Read more

‘Sinister’ Chinese mussel has found its way into British waters

‘Sinister’ Chinese mussel that can smother scallops and oysters has made its way into British waters Asian date mussels have distinctive zig-zag markings on their tiny shells  They were first found in China and have caused problems all over the world  Dense mats of the mussels can suffocate scallops, oysters and seagrass  By Colin Fernandez, … Read more

The AI that could keep you happy at work: Ex-Google team reveal software that ‘nudges’ workers

Three former Google employees believe that artificial intelligence could be the secret to making you happier at work.  Their startup, called Humu, uses machine learning to parse through employee data and then ‘nudges’ workers to help them improve in areas that might make their work lives better, according to the New York Times.  Nudges are … Read more

Skincredible! Researchers create a electronic bandage that helps wounds heal FOUR TIMES faster

A bandage that generates a gentle electrical current could help wounds heal four times faster, research suggests. The electronic device, which has yet to be named, was wrapped around the chests of rats who had a cut on their backs. Every time the rodents took a breath, an electrical pulse was generated, which was found … Read more

Ford’s noise-cancelling dog house can keep your pup calm during fireworks and thunderstorms

While fireworks might be a sign of celebration for humans, they don’t elicit quite the same reaction from dogs.  Dogs have a very acute sense of hearing, making some everyday events like fireworks and thunderstorms troublesome for canines, as they can be too loud for them.  However, Ford may have developed a solution with its … Read more

People with masculine features are viewed to be better at their job than those with feminine looks

A square jaw, strong brow, thin lips and a broader nose are seen as signs of talent and competence, a new study has found. The features, associated with increased levels of the male hormone testosterone,  are seen as assertive and markers of virility indicative of professional prowess.  Members of the public were asked to rate … Read more

Climate change is making sharks ‘right-handed’

Climate change is making sharks ‘right-handed’: Rising ocean temperatures affect the direction they prefer to swim, study finds Australian scientists incubated eggs at temperature predicted for 2100  They found half died within a month, and those who survived became ‘right handed’, preferring to swim to the right By Mark Prigg For Published: 23:44 GMT, … Read more

The ‘urban forests’ of New York revealed: New study finds the city has five MILLION trees

New York is far greener than anyone expected. Researchers carrying out a huge survey of New York City‘s trees found there are over 5 million ‘forested natural areas’ along with 666,000 street trees. They say the study, the most comprehensive ever of New York’s ‘urban forest’, could revolutionize urban planning. Scroll down for video     During … Read more