Kyle Zeimanis

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New Horizons' Latest Views Hint at More Mysteries on Pluto and Charon

Space<p>The latest and greatest views from NASA's New Horizons probe reveal what could be dimpled terrain on dwarf planet Pluto — and bright craters on Charon, its biggest moon.<p>The new imagery was captured Wednesday from a distance of about 3.7 million miles (6 million kilometers). It shows Pluto's …

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft ready for Pluto fly-by

Scientists have regained contact with the probe before its encounter with the dwarf planet, after a nine-year journey from Earth<p>Nasa is all set for next week’s historic Pluto fly-by having reactivated the New Horizons spacecraft following a malfunction last weekend.<p>The 14 July fly-by will take …

Monkey 'brain net' raises prospect of human brain-to-brain connection

Scientists have linked together the brains of three monkeys, allowing the animals to join forces and control an avatar arm, in research that raises the prospect of direct brain-to-brain interfaces in humans.<p>In a second experiment, the brains of four rats were wired together in a “brain net”, …

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Welcome Wendiceratops, Dinosauria’s Newest Horned Face

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>If you’re a dinosaur fan now, you’re spoiled. There’s no denying it. Just look at the horned dinosaurs. Back when I was a young whippersnapper, <i>Triceratops</i> – old “three horned face” – was the main game in town. If you wanted variety you could go “Ooh” and “Aah” over the …

With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>Imagine a bat flying through the jungle of Borneo. It calls out to find a place to spend the night. And a plant calls back.<p>The plant in question is <i>Nepenthes hemsleyana—</i>a flesh-eating plant that’s terrible at eating flesh. It’s a pitcher plant and like …

NASA's Dawn Probe Is in a Holding Pattern at Ceres After Glitch

Space<p>NASA's Dawn probe is staying in its current orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres a bit longer than originally planned while engineers try to figure out why the probe went into a precautionary "safe mode" last week.<p>Just after Dawn fired up its ion engines to begin spiraling down toward its third …

The gastric-brooding frog: how to bring a species back from the dead – video

Australia's gastric-brooding frog was discovered in the 1970s but by the early 1980s was classed as extinct. However, this remarkable frog, which projectile-vomits its young after gestating them in its stomach, is the subject of ground-breaking research at the University of New South Wales to …

Pluto pictures from Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft making scientists 'drool' – video

Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back detailed images of Pluto and its moon Charon, leaving scientists 'drooling'. The pictures have been captured from a mere 8m kilometres, giving the closest-ever pictures of the dwarf planet. New Horizons is due to fly past Pluto on 14 July after taking …