Fleet of six driverless Ford Mondeos to be tested in Oxford for the next five months

Self-driving cars often use a combination of normal two-dimensional cameras and depth-sensing ‘LiDAR’ units to recognise the world around them. However, others make use of visible light cameras that capture imagery of the roads and streets.  They are trained with a wealth of information and vast databases of hundreds of thousands of clips which are … Read more Fleet of six driverless Ford Mondeos to be tested in Oxford for the next five months

Scientists use light-sensing protein to restore vision

Scientists have used gene therapy to partially restore sight in blind mice and plan to start clinical trials of the technique on humans later this year.  Key to the process is a light sensing protein called MCO1 opsin, which restores vision when attached to specific cells at the back of the eye.  These so-called bipolar … Read more Scientists use light-sensing protein to restore vision

Facebook is testing a Nextdoor clone that generates neighborhood groups and activities in your area 

Facebook is going hyperlocal with a new feature that appears to be a copycat of the popular community-based social networking app Nextdoor. Called Neighborhoods, it’s currently being tested in Calgary, Canada, with no word on when or if it would launch widely. Users turn on their location to see posts, groups, and marketplace items from individuals … Read more Facebook is testing a Nextdoor clone that generates neighborhood groups and activities in your area 

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft steadily descends onto asteroid Bennu

NASA prepares for historic touchdown on asteroid Bennu with OSIRIS-REX mission where its robotic arm will collect rock samples during brief contact before lauching back into space NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is getting ready to reach out its robotic arm and collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu’s surface Tuesday evening As of 5pm Tuesday EST … Read more NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft steadily descends onto asteroid Bennu

Back corner of the classroom may be SAFEST spot in the room, study claims

Schoolkids hiding in the back corner of the classroom are sat in the SAFEST part of the room, study claims US study looked at the spread of coronavirus particles in classrooms  Found opening windows removes 70% of all particles smaller than one micron  Air conditioning removes half of particles released during exhalation and talking  Authors … Read more Back corner of the classroom may be SAFEST spot in the room, study claims

Facebook rejected over 2 MILLION ads for trying to ‘obstruct voting’

Facebook rejected more than two million ads for trying to ‘obstruct voting’ in the upcoming US presidential election, the company announced. Some 2.2 million ads submitted to both Facebook and Instagram between March and September 2020 were blocked before they could run. Warnings were attached to an additional 150 million native posts and at least … Read more Facebook rejected over 2 MILLION ads for trying to ‘obstruct voting’

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit – taking the total to almost 800 – as CEO Elon Musk reveals a test of the internet-beaming constellation is imminent Elon Musk’s firm had another successful launch of 60 satellites on October 18 SpaceX aims to have more than 1,000 satellites in orbit by the end … Read more SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit

SpaceX: Elon Musk claims Starship may launch on a mission to Mars in just FOUR YEARS 

SpaceX‘s Starship has a ‘fighting chance’ of launching on its first un-crewed mission to Mars in just four year’s time, founder and CEO Elon Musk has claimed. Mr Musk made the comments over Zoom during the International Mars Society Convention, which was held on Friday October 16, 2020. The Mars Society is a US-founded worldwide non-profit … Read more SpaceX: Elon Musk claims Starship may launch on a mission to Mars in just FOUR YEARS 

Rare ‘Bohemian Knotweed’ is discovered in Buckinghamshire

A more invasive cousin of the notorious Japanese knotweed has been spotted in Buckinghamshire.   Called Bohemian knotweed (Fallopia Bohemica), it is a hybrid created from cross fertilisation of the Japanese and Giant varieties.  A homeowner discovered the rare weed in his garden and called in experts with diggers to remove the invasive plant, which can destroy … Read more Rare ‘Bohemian Knotweed’ is discovered in Buckinghamshire

Eight-year-old ‘mummified’ Twinkies debunk myth that they stay fresh forever

A recent ‘experiment’ has disproved the urban legend that Twinkies last forever while igniting interest about biology.  A Pennsylvania man tried eating eight-year-old Twinkies, only to find they tasted like ‘rotting ginkgo fruit.’  Researchers were called upon to investigate the ‘mummified’ and moldy cakes, one of which took a drill to get through but still … Read more Eight-year-old ‘mummified’ Twinkies debunk myth that they stay fresh forever

Treasures dating back some 9,500 years are revealed by melting glaciers due to climate change

Climate change is creating valuable archaeological sites in the Alpine mountains by melting glaciers and revealing wonders that would have otherwise lay hidden in the ice. Teams recently uncovered a knotted string of plant fibers some 6,000 years old, an ancient wooden figurine, laced shoes with remains of a prehistoric man dating back to 2,800 … Read more Treasures dating back some 9,500 years are revealed by melting glaciers due to climate change

Genetics: ‘Junk’ DNA inherited from our ancient ancestors could be rewiring our brains, study finds

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 Genetics: ‘Junk’ DNA inherited from our ancient ancestors could be rewiring our brains, study finds

Genetics: ‘Junk’ DNA inherited from our ancient ancestors could be rewiring our brains, study finds

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 Genetics: ‘Junk’ DNA inherited from our ancient ancestors could be rewiring our brains, study finds