Tagged: science

The engineering of the drinking bird

While most references credit Dr. Miles V. Sullivan as the inventor of the drinking bird because he patented it in 1946, the idea of using heat-driven oscillating liquids to repeatedly tip small mechanisms has...

Dissected human nervous system

The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs, and all of the nerves that connect these organs with the rest of the body. Together, these organs are responsible for the control...

19kg tumor

A 74-year-old woman who was given four weeks to live because a 19.5kg tumour in her stomach was squashing her vital organs has had it removed. The nail-biting moment doctors carried out the complex...

6 questions about dreaming

Adults dream for about two hours a night, on average—that’s one-twelfth of their lives, adding up to more than six years of dreaming during an 80-year life. World literature is filled with dreams. Dreams play...

Largest prime number discovered

At more than 23m digits long, the number is something of a beast. But for mathematicians, the latest discovery from a global gang of enthusiasts is a thing of beauty: the largest prime number...

Atlas: the humanoid gymnast

Boston Dynamics has released footage of a humanoid robot that can do box jumps and back flips. This is a significant improvement on robot capabilities – despite what years of sci fi movies have suggested,...

2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular...