Scientists Create 3D-Printed Muscles

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists have seemingly taken a page out of HBO’s “Westworld” book and created 3D-printed synthetic muscles. Researchers from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have created a so-called “soft muscle” they say can lift up to 1,000 times its own weight. The researchers published their findings on Sept. … Continued

Scientists Turn Optical Data Into Sound in World First

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists have finally found a way to slow down light by turning it into sound. If you’re scratching your head and feeling confused right now, you’re not alone. First, you should know light waves are not easy to slow down. They travel very fast which makes them very good at carrying information … Continued

Scientists Complete 8-Month Isolation Experiment in Mars-Like Habitat

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — What’s it like to live on Mars? You could ask a group of scientists who just finished trying it out for themselves — kind of. A NASA-backed crew of six researchers emerged from isolation Sept. 17, marking the end of an eight-month Mars simulation. They entered quarantine on a remote … Continued

Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded for Ridiculous Research

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Almost as prestigious as winning a Nobel prize, is an Ig Nobel, the prizes given to funny and bizarre research that makes people laugh, then think. The Ig Nobels have been hosted by Harvard every year since 1991 and put on by the Annals of Improbable Research. Winners include the physics … Continued

Scientists to ‘Resurrect’ Extinct Galápagos Tortoise

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists may resurrect an extinct species of giant tortoise from the Galápagos Islands. The archipelago is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve because of the plants and animals unique to the islands. A species of tortoise from Floreana island with a unique “saddleback” shell is believed to … Continued

Researchers Create Morphing Robots

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The future of morphing robots is in sight — sort of like when the Transformers all combine to become one super robot. Researchers, inspired, in part, by swarming insects like ants, have created robots that can both act alone and together. They’re calling the robots “mergeable nervous system robots.” The researchers published … Continued

NASA’s Saturn Probe Takes Final Bow

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — It’s been an incredible 13 years getting to know Saturn and its moons a whole lot better thanks to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft but now it’s time to say goodbye. On Friday, Sept. 15, Cassini will take a death plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere — ending an unprecedented mission with a huge bang. Cassini’s … Continued

Flower Color Changed Using Gene-Editing Technology in World First

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A rose is a rose is a rose but what about if scientists have tinkered with its DNA? For the first time, scientists used CRISPR gene-editing technology to change the color of a flower. The experiment took place in Japan. Scientists changed the color of a Japanese morning glory plant from … Continued

Apple Unveils What it Calls the ‘Future of the Smartphone’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Tech giant Apple has unveiled a device it calls the future of the smartphone. Apple CEO Tim Cook says iPhone X is “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.” Gone are touch ID and the home button. Instead, iPhone X users will unlock their phones via facial recognition and swipe … Continued

Cosmic Dust Found in Iconic UK Cliffs Reveals Solar System History

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists are studying dust to learn more about the history of our solar system. A new study published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters describes fossilized cosmic dust found within the U.K.’s iconic White Cliffs of Dover. The chalky limestone reportedly contains dozens of well-preserved dust particles from space … Continued