Children in the US want games and related things for Christmas most of all

The Entertainment Software Association shared a new study that surveyed 500 children and teens aged 10 to 17 about what they would like to receive for Christmas. The most popular answer was games or things related to them. 59% of girls and 86% of boys surveyed said they would ask ... Read more

NASA tests laser communication in space, signal received from a distance of 16 million kilometers

NASA specialists are approaching the use of laser communication in deep space. Now they have managed to successfully conduct a corresponding experiment, reports The Verge. Space agency experts conducted the test using the Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) system. As part of the test, they transmitted encoded data to Earth ... Read more

Artificial intelligence helps NCAR scientists “see” the poles of the Sun

Artificial intelligence has created images of parts of the Sun that have never been seen before, reports Newsweek. The experiment was conducted by researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Colorado. Within its framework, scientists were able to see the poles of the Sun. The fact is ... Read more

The faces of people with white skin generated by artificial intelligence look more realistic than the faces of real people

A team of researchers from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands conducted a survey that found that the faces of people with white skin generated by artificial intelligence look more realistic than the faces of real people. As reported by The Guardian, 124 people who participated in the survey ... Read more

NASA will not be able to communicate with Mars exploration vehicles until November 25

NASA has temporarily lost contact with the Mars exploration spacecraft, reports Engadget. The situation is expected and explained by an astronomical phenomenon known as a solar conjunction. During it, the Earth and Mars move on opposite sides of the Sun and form a straight line with it. During this period, ... Read more

A patient with Parkinson’s disease regained his walk thanks to the ARC-IM spinal implant

A patient with Parkinson’s disease was able to walk again without impairment thanks to a spinal implant. It restores normal signal transmission between the spinal cord and leg muscles, reports TechCrunch. The study was conducted by a Swiss team led by Onward. It was founded at the Federal Polytechnic School ... Read more

NASA has shown a map of almost all the water on Earth – the SWOT apparatus helped with this

NASA scientists have used data from the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite to create a map of almost all the water on Earth, reports Space. The corresponding animation shows the different surface levels of the oceans, freshwater lakes and rivers on the planet. SWOT collected data during its ... Read more

Rats can have imagination like humans. This was discovered thanks to virtual reality

Rats can be as imaginative as humans. This conclusion was reached by specialists at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the United States, writes Slashdot. The researchers found that rodents can imagine desired places and objects that are not in front of them. Just like ... Read more

Near the Earth’s core there may be remnants of the former planet Theia, from which the Moon was formed

Remnants of the former planet Theia, from which the Moon was formed, may be located near the Earth’s core. This conclusion was reached by scientists analyzing two zones in the mantle of our planet, writes Ars Technica. According to a common theory, early in the history of our solar system, ... Read more

DeepMind presents a new version of AlphaFold – now AI will help in drug development

DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its AI-powered AlphaFold program, reports TechCrunch. Its first version was presented about five years ago. Back then, it was able to predict the structure of many proteins in the human body. Later, the system was improved – in 2020, an updated and more ... Read more

Why dinosaurs went extinct on Earth 66 million years ago revealed

Scientists believe that they have finally managed to find out the cause of the death of dinosaurs on Earth about 66 million years ago. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Geoscience, Slashdot. According to an international team of scientists, the culprit is fine silicate dust ... Read more

German scientists successfully launch the world’s smallest particle accelerator NEA

Scientists have managed to launch the world’s smallest particle accelerator. The success was achieved by scientists from the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) in Germany. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature, writes Space. We are talking about a nanophotonic electron accelerator (NEA). It consists of ... Read more

Leonardo da Vinci may have used toxic pigments when painting the Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci may have used toxic pigments when he created his most famous painting, The Mona Lisa. The results of the study were published in the scientific journal Journal of the American Chemical Society, writes Ars Technica. Da Vinci is well known for using unusual methods and substances to ... Read more

The Moon may be 40 million years older than previously thought. What is the evidence for this?

The Moon’s true age may be 4.46 billion years. This is 40 million years older than previously thought, writes Gizmodo. These conclusions were reached by scientists who examined samples of zircon crystals from the lunar soil collected during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. As part of the study, the ... Read more

AI chatbots use false racist ideas in answers about medicine

Popular AI chatbots use racist medical ideas that are not true. This raises concerns that such tools may exacerbate health inequalities for black patients. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine, writes AP. They published the results of their work in the journal Digital ... Read more

NASA finds water and carbon compounds in Bennu asteroid samples – an astrobiologist’s dream

NASA specialists have conducted a preliminary analysis of soil samples from the asteroid Bennu, which were delivered to Earth as part of the OSIRIS-REx mission. Scientists found carbon compounds and water in them, writes Ars Technica. After seven years in space, a small spacecraft carrying samples from an asteroid landed ... Read more

NASA prepares to launch Psyche mission to study metal-rich asteroid

NASA is preparing for the Psyche mission, which will study a metal-rich asteroid, reports Engadget. We are talking about the asteroid 16 Psyche, which consists mainly of iron and nickel. It is believed that it was once part of the planet’s core. But there is another theory – the asteroid ... Read more

A new discovery may change the way we think about Stonehenge

An unexpected discovery may change the way we think about the history of Stonehenge in the UK. Questions have arisen about the origin of the Altar Stone, which is considered one of the central objects of the megalith, reports The Vice. A team of researchers from the University of Aberystwyth ... Read more

Scientists receive Nobel Prize for their contribution to the development of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19

The 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to scientists who developed the technology that led to the creation of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19. This is stated in the Nobel Committee’s report. “The 2023 #NobelPrize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman ... Read more

NASA probe successfully delivers capsule with soil samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth

NASA has completed a unique mission to deliver soil samples collected on the asteroid Bennu to Earth. They were dropped in a special capsule by the American spacecraft OSIRIS-REx, which flew near our planet, writes The Verge. The science capsule landed on parachutes at 10:52 a.m. ET at the U.S. ... Read more

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Foundation to build a system of 1000 NVIDIA H100 chips for medical research

The Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Foundation is funding the construction of a powerful computing system for medical research. It will consist of more than 1,000 NVIDIA H100 GPUs, which are needed for servers focused on artificial intelligence, writes The Verge. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) makes bold statements about ... Read more

Thinking in a foreign language can influence decision-making and moral dilemmas

Thinking in a foreign language can improve decision-making. This is described in David Robson’s book “The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your Life,” which is cited by The Guardian. The author of the book points out that “switching” between languages can affect the quality of people’s memories or ... Read more

Scientists have found a “golden egg” at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, but do not know what it is

American scientists have discovered a mysterious small object at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. So far, they have not been able to determine what it is, but the discovery has already been dubbed a “golden egg” and a “golden ball”, writes The object was found off the coast ... Read more

22 people with a certain personality type may be enough to colonize Mars

Only 22 people may be enough to colonize Mars, but they need to have certain personality types. However, not everyone agrees with this theory – some scientists suggest that the colony will need more people, writes Live Science. To estimate how many people would be needed to colonize the planet, ... Read more

Coffee grounds can make concrete 30% stronger, as found in Australia

A team of researchers from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has discovered that coffee grounds can be used as a substitute for silica in concrete production. In the right proportions, it provides a much stronger chemical bond than sand alone, writes Engadget. Coffee grounds cannot simply be mixed ... Read more