9-Year-Old Applies to Be NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — NASA is looking for someone to protect Earth and one enthusiastic applicant from New Jersey has answered the call. Jack Davis recently sent NASA his cover letter for the job of Planetary Protection Officer.” There’s just one problem: he’s nine years old. But Jack doesn’t want that to stop NASA from … Continued

New Device Can ‘Heal Injuries With a Single Touch’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new device is being hailed as a medical breakthrough. Developed at the Ohio State University, the dime-sized silicone chip can reportedly start healing damaged organs with a single touch. It uses technology called tissue nanotransfection (or TNT). The researchers explained this process “injects genetic code into skin cells, turning those … Continued

New Timeline for Modern Humans’ Arrival in Indonesia

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The first modern humans may have arrived in Indonesia thousands and maybe tens of thousands of years before previously thought. Researchers reanalyzed ancient teeth discovered in the Lida Ajer cave on the island of Sumatra in the late 19th century. They published their findings Aug. 9 in the science journal Nature. … Continued

Scientists Officially Name Spectacular Dinosaur Fossil With Skin

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — One of the most incredible fossils ever found now has an official name. According to a new study published in Current Biology, a 110 million year-old dinosaur found in Alberta is a new type of nodosaur called, Borealopelta markmitchelli. It weighed over one-and-a-half tons and was covered in body armor. Scientists … Continued

Methane-Eating Bacteria Found Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Bacteria living deep under the ice in Antarctica might be silently helping our planet. A new study suggests subglacial bacteria eat a powerful greenhouse gas and stop it from entering the atmosphere. Scientists found the bacteria after drilling half-a-mile into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to reach an ancient, untouched lake. … Continued

Researchers Release New Dark Matter Map of Universe

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Researchers have recently released the most accurate map of our universe’s dark matter. The Dark Energy Survey, or DES, released the map on Aug. 3. It represents 1/30 of the entire sky, according to Phys.org, and is part of the survey results from the first year of a five-year study. In … Continued

Blowing Out Cake Candles Can Increase Bacteria Levels By 1,400%

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — When you eat a slice of birthday cake, you could be consuming a lot of extra germs, too. A study recently published in the Journal of Food Research examined the potential spread of germs when blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Participants ate pizza to create a party atmosphere, then … Continued

Scientists Identify Prehistoric Sea Worm With Bizarre Head

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Before there were dinosaurs, Earth was home to some strange-looking creatures like sea worms. Scientists say sea worms swam through the deep sea about 508 million years ago and used a head of sharp spines to catch prey. According to a study published Aug. 3 in the journal Current Biology, fossils … Continued

Facebook Continues Fake News Fight

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Facebook has released an update about its fight against fake news. On Aug. 3, the social media giant said it updated machine learning to better identify fake news and broaden its Related Articles section. Facebook said this section assists users to “determine whether the news they are reading is misleading or false.” … Continued

Heavy Drinking Linked to Lower Cases of Dementia

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new study has found that moderate and heavy drinkers of alcohol are more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia than those who don’t drink at all. However, the research by the University of California San Diego comes with multiple caveats. First of all, researchers used a sample of … Continued