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

DNA Test Suggests Viking Warrior Remains Found in Sweden are Female

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Researchers have been studying the remains of a 10th century Viking leader for decades but they only just discovered this warrior was a woman. In a new study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, experts explain the remains were assumed to be from a male due to historical evidence … Continued

Elon Musk Posts New SpaceX Spacesuit Picture

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Inventor and CEO Elon Musk has posted a full-body picture of the new SpaceX spacesuit on Instagram. Musk is the founder and CEO of California-based SpaceX, which was the first privately funded company to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft, among other firsts. He had teased the suit on Aug. 23, … Continued

NASA Scientists Develop Plan to Stop Yellowstone Supervolcano From Destroying Earth

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — NASA scientists want to save the world from a supervolcano. A massive chamber of magma lies beneath Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Researchers think it’s a greater threat to humanity than any other one thing, including asteroids or comets. Scientists say Yellowstone’s supervolcano isn’t due to erupt for another … Continued