Scientists say ‘forgotten’ coffee with superior flavour is climate change-proof

A ‘forgotten’ African species of coffee that grows at higher temperatures could save the coffee industry, scientists believe.  Coffea stenophylla from Sierra Leone can tolerate higher temperatures than Arabica, the world’s most popular coffee, according to climate change experts.  But the species also has a superior flavour, with notes of peach, blackcurrant, mandarin, chocolate, caramel and elderflower … Read more

Woman, 76, gets her voice back after scientists used Tipping Point appearance to reconstruct voice

Woman, 76, gets her voice back after scientists used her appearance on TV game show as a guide to how she speaks Helen Whitelaw appeared on ITV’s Tipping Point in 2019, winning almost £3,000 Year later, she was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, affecting her speech But engineers have now used show footage to capture … Read more

Unchecked Covid hotspots could lead to a THIRD wave of the virus, scientists warn 

Unchecked Covid hotspots could lead to a third wave of the virus if the country reopens too quickly, scientists warn. Ministers have been blasted for ignoring their pledge to follow ‘data not dates’ when lifting lockdown in line with Boris Johnson’s roadmap. As it stands, six groups – or two households – can meet outside. Outdoor … Read more

Scientists warn against ‘dangerous’ TikTok trend of deep frying WATER 

Experts have warned against a ‘dangerous’ trend circulating on TikTok of deep frying water, which they say could lead to fiery explosions.  The pointless trend involves combining water with calcium alginate to form a sphere of water, before coating it in flour, egg and breadcrumbs and dropping it into a fryer. But if the alginate … Read more

Brain organoids could spark a ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario, scientists warn

As research involving transplanting lab-grown human ‘mini-brains’ into animals to study neurological diseases continues to expand, experts warn the work with these brain organoids could result in a ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario. The concern is animals could develop humanized traits and behave similar to the intelligent apes of the popular science fiction story. The … Read more

Scientists discover two new species of burrowing mammal ancestors

Scientists have discovered two new species of burrowing animals that lived in northeastern China 120 million years ago.  Skeletal remains of the species, called Fossiomanus sinensis and Jueconodon chenispiky, reveal they had claws designed for ‘scratch digging’ – a technique to create tunnels using the claws of the forelimbs.  Experts at the American Museum of Natural … Read more

Less is more! Human brains struggle to be minimalist, scientists say

Human brains struggle to take ideas or elements away from designs, such as from a blueprint of a building – and instead tend to add more, a new study reveals.  In experiments, participants tasked with making a Lego Duplo building stronger tended to add more bricks rather than take them away. In another computerised task, … Read more

Less is more! Human brains struggle to subtract, scientists say

Human brains struggle to take ideas or elements away from designs, such as a bricks in blueprint of a building – and instead tend to add more, a new study reveals.  In experiments, participants tasked with making a Lego Duplo building stronger tended to add more bricks rather than take them away. In another computerised … Read more

Baby sea stars EAT each other in unexpected case of underwater cannibalism, scientists reveal 

Baby sea stars eat their siblings in what is an unexpected case of underwater cannibalism, according to scientists who accidentally observed the behaviour.    Experts from William & Mary’s Department of Biology were trying to see how baby sea stars would react when a crab was introduced to their tank, but they started eating each other before … Read more

Robots: Scientists develop four-legged guide dog bot that can lead blind people around obstacles

Guide dogs could soon be replaced by ROBOTS: Scientists develop four-legged bot that can lead blind people around obstacles and through narrow passages The robotic assistant was developed by researchers from California in the US It guides its handler by means of a leash, similar to how a real guide dog works The setup has … Read more