azom.com – Creating intelligent, shape-changing materials is a particular focus in the field of materials science currently. However, the technology is still fairly new.
Source: Gaurav Chaudhary, S. Ganga Prasath, Edward Soucy, L. Mahadevan. Totimorphic assemblies from neutrally stable units. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021.
arstechnica.com – It looks a lot like a hot version of the innermost planet in our Solar System.
Source: Kristine W. F. Lam, et al. GJ 367b: A dense, ultrashort-period sub-Earth planet transiting a nearby red dwarf star. Science, 2021.
the-scientist.com – A large, long-term study across the US and Sweden finds potential correlations between specific pollutants and the proportions of male and female babies born.
Source: Yanan Long, Qi Chen, Henrik Larsson, Andrey Rzhetsky, Brendan Zietsch. Observable variations in human sex ratio at birth. PLOS Computational Biology, 2021.
the-scientist.com – Biological robots made from frog cells can replicate by smooshing loose cells into new robots -- a reproduction method not seen in any other organism.
Source: Sam Kriegman, Douglas Blackiston, Michael Levin, Josh Bongard. Kinematic self-replication in reconfigurable organisms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021.
upi.com – People choose whether to seek or avoid information about their health, finances and personal traits based on how they think it will make them feel and how useful it is, a Nature Communications study found.
Source: Christopher. A. Kelly, Tali Sharot. Individual differences in information-seeking. Nature Communications, 2021.
techtimes.com – Engineers from Stanford University developed a special drone that could copy a bird's behavior. Read more about how SNAG functions.
Source: W. R. T. Roderick, M. R. Cutkosky, D. Lentink. Bird-inspired dynamic grasping and perching in arboreal environments. Science Robotics, 2021.
nytimes.com – New research published in the journal Nature suggests that the prints, discovered in Tanzania in 1976, were left by an unidentified hominin, or early human ancestor, more than 3.6 million years ago.
Source: Ellison J. McNutt, et al. Footprint evidence of early hominin locomotor diversity at Laetoli, Tanzania. Nature, 2021.
medicaldaily.com – Scientists find variants by sequencing samples from people that have tested positive for the virus.
Source: Ewen Callaway. Heavily mutated coronavirus variant puts scientists on alert. Nature, 2021.
newscientist.com – The discovery of new Australopithecus sediba fossils mean we can now reconstruct most of the spine of one individual, and strengthen the case that the species was bipedal at least some of the time
Source: Scott A Williams, et al. New fossils of Australopithecus sediba reveal a nearly complete lower back. eLife, 2021.
nbcnews.com – The first known Covid-19 case was a market vendor in the Chinese city of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to have no link to the market but whose case
Source: Dissecting the early COVID-19 cases in Wuhan. Science, .
nih.gov – Findings could lead to behavioral interventions to improve health of shift workers.
Source: Sarah L. Chellappa, et al. Daytime eating prevents internal circadian misalignment and glucose intolerance in night work. Science Advances, 2021.