What's new in the scientific world

The tech still needs some work before it can be applied in our daily lives, image via Getty Images
Scientists have found a way to turn solar energy into hydrogen for fuel cells

For the first time ever, scientists have been able to develop a single molecule that can turn photons in solar rays into hydrogen. This hydrogen could then be used to power fuel cells, giving us a new more efficient way to produce clean energy. Scientists still have to figure out a way to make this process and cheaper and more widely available.

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Mon Feb 17 - FuelCellWorks
US researchers warn use of sex dolls may lead to adverse mental health effects. Image via Teller Report.
US researchers warn sex dolls may damage mental health

Dr. Christine Hendren of Duke University has joined a growing group of US researchers expressing alarm at the rapidly growing realistic sex robot industry, with companies like RealRobotix offering the Harmony robot, which uses AI to learn the user's behaviors and preferences. Researchers warn that the use of sex dolls as surrogates for real human relationships may cause irreparable psychological damage to users of the dolls.

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Sat Feb 15 - BBC
The satellites will not be visible to the naked eye, image via Getty Images
Scientists warn new satellite networks could hamper space observation

Astronomers at The International Astronomical Union have issued an official warning saying that the large number of satellite networks currently being built in the Earth's orbit by companies such as Starlink, will produce a large amount of light pollution. This excess light could make seeing the stars and space via telescopes much harder.

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Sat Feb 15 - TechCrunch
UCLA scientists have discovered a mysterious ancient human population. Image via The Independent.
Scientists discover a mysterious ancient human population

A research technique pioneered by scientists at UCLA has used computer modeling techniques on modern human DNA to discover a mysterious ancient human population that, much like the Neanderthals and Denisovans, is thought to have interbred with modern humans before dying out, with anywhere from 2 to 19 percent of DNA in modern West Africans belonging to this mysterious and unnamed hominin ancestor.

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Fri Feb 14 - CNN
Cannabis products may be banned in UK by next year. Image via The Independent.
The UK might ban cannabis products by next year

Emily Miles, chief of the UK's Food Standards Agency, has stated that oils, snacks, and drinks containing cannabis may be taken off the shelves as soon as next year since none of the products currently available have been tested for harmful effects, and some may contain harmful ingredients or illegal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

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Thu Feb 13 - BBC
NASA is hiring its next class of astronauts, Image via NASA
NASA is hiring its next class of Artemis Generation astronauts

NASA plans to reach the South Pole of the moon by 2024 and for that, the agency will be accepting applications for its next class of astronauts from March 2. Its next class of Artemis Generation astronauts will be a part of the agency's exploration efforts to eventually send people to Mars by mid-2030s

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Wed Feb 12 - Google
NASA estimates price of 2024 human moon landing mission at 35 billion USD. Image via NASA.
NASA says returning to the moon will cost $35b

A recent press release by NASA responded to US Vice President Mike Pence's stipulation that NASA should send astronauts to the moon once again by 2024, stating that the mission, called the Artemis Program, will cost an estimated 35 billion USD in addition to NASA's current budget, to design a Human Landing System to deploy astronauts safely onto the lunar surface.

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Tue Feb 11 - ArsTechnica
The satellite will take two years to orbit the sun., image via ESA/ATG medialab
Scientists to get first-ever images of Sun's north and south poles with a new orbiter

NASA and the European Space Agency have collaborated to build and launch a new satellite that has been specifically designed to orbit the sun. The orbiter will use six different instruments to collect data and images of the sun's north and south poles. This will give scientists a better idea of how the sun's magnetic field works.

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Mon Feb 10 - CNN
This could help fight the coronavirus, image via Yahoo
Scientists find an incredible new way to fight viruses using sugar

Swiss and British researchers have modified sugar molecules so that they destroy viruses upon contact. This could be very useful in fighting new emerging viruses such as the deadly coronavirus. No current medication is capable of destroying a virus, only slowing it down and this new technique seems to work regardless of what virus it is used on.

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Thu Feb 06 - SwissInfo
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A record-breaking stay at the International Space Station

US astronaut Christina Koch has broken the record for the longest stay at the international space station by a woman and will soon return to Earth. Her stay on the station will provide scientists with important data regarding how long term space travel impacts the female body. This will help them build a permanent space station on the moon in the future.

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Thu Feb 06 - Reuters
Revolutionary new peanut allergy treatment drug receives FDA approval. Image via Fox Business.
Revolutionary new peanut allergy treatment received FDA approval

The Federal Drug Administration has approved, for the first time, a treatment developed by biopharmaceutical company Aimmune Therapeutics from California, which has shown tremendous promise in alleviating peanut allergies in children and adolescents, with almost two-thirds of 372 children showing tolerance for the small amounts of peanut protein in two peanuts.

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Wed Feb 05 - ScienceNews
Climate models are producing very different results, image via Getty Images
Scientists baffled by new climate model predictions

Scientists have been inputting global data into large simulations of the Earth's climate for some time and up until this point they had all agreed on how much pollution it would take to raise the planet's temperature by 3 degrees. Recently however different models have begun predicting a five-degree increase for the same amount of pollution. Meaning it will take much less pollution to destroy the planet than previously thought.

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Tue Feb 04 - BNNBloomberg
Research discovers first evidence that Coronavirus and SARS act in the same way. Image via Business Insider.
Research shows Coronavirus uses the same mechanism as SARS

A report published in Nature has provided the first direct evidence for the hypothesis that the Wuhan Coronavirus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, infects cells through the same mechanism as the virus that causes a severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS. Both rely on the ACE2 enzyme to enter and infect living cells, leading researchers to suggest that both viruses may have originated in bats.

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Tue Feb 04 - ScienceNews
Experts are challenging the US' restrictive measures for limiting Coronavirus spread. Image via New York Times.
Experts challenge US policies to curb Coronavirus spread

The US government recently implemented measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country, imposing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines for suspected victims, but experts are challenging the effectiveness of these policies, stating that the virus is sometimes asymptomatic and may be spread by travelers who cannot be screened at airports, since they show no signs of infection.

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Mon Feb 03 - ScienceNews
Experiment at the University of Vienna cools particles down to the quantum limit. Image via Pioneering Minds.
Groundbreaking experiment cools particle to the quantum limit

An experiment designed by Markus Aspelmeyer and his team of researchers at the University of Vienna has successfully cooled a nanoparticle to the quantum cooling limit, reaching the particle's ground state at a minimum temperature of twelve millionths of a Kelvin, through the precise use of an array of lasers to levitate the particle in a specially constructed cavity.

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Sun Feb 02 - ScienceNews
Shark fossils are rarely preserved, image via Pexels
330 million year old shark head found in worlds longest cave system

Scientists have found a 330 million-year-old shark head in a cave in Kentucky. The head was huge and scientists estimated the shark was around the size of a modern great white shark. The scientists have said that the cave system is rich in fossils and still needs to be properly explored.

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Sun Feb 02 - CBSNews
OCD treatment drug engineered by AI to enter into human trials in Japan. Image via The Telegraph.
Drug developed by AI gets first human trials

An artificial intelligence created by a collaboration between British firm Exscientia and Japanese pharmaceutical company Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma has developed a drug that is going to enter the first phase of human trials in Japan. The drug is a treatment for those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and while human-engineered drugs take up to five years to develop, the AI took only a year to engineer the medicine.

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Fri Jan 31 - BBC
World's largest solar telescope captures extremely detailed pictures of the Sun. Image via NSF.
New solar telescope looks at Sun in more detail than ever before

Researchers at the National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Mount Haleakala in Hawaii aimed the unfinished 4-meter-wide telescope at the Sun, capturing pictures of the star in greater detail than ever before. Researchers hope the new telescope will help build a better understanding for why the Sun's atmosphere is millions of degrees hotter than its surface.

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Thu Jan 30 - ScienceNews
The repairs are only made if the person fully stops smoking, image via Getty Images
Scientists find lungs repair themselves once someone quits smoking

Scientists have found that once someone quits smoking, their lungs automatically begin repairing themselves, fixing all the cells that have the potential to be cancerous. Thus those who quit can very quickly reduce their risk of lung cancer from the very day they decide to quit. Scientists are still unclear as to exactly how this process takes place.

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Thu Jan 30 - BBC
NASA to finally decommission 16-year-old Spitzer Space Telescope. Image via NASA.
NASA to decommission Spitzer telescope after 16 years of service

The Spitzer Space Telescope was launched in 2003 and has long outlived its mission, collecting valuable data for NASA for over 16 years. Spitzer will officially be decommissioned on January 30 2020, with its last image being an infrared photograph of the Tarantula Nebula, so named due to the fingers of gas which protrude from the nebula like spider legs, which was also its the first picture it ever took.

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Wed Jan 29 - Cnet
Scientists in China were only able to recreate the genome sequence, not the virus itself, image via AFP
Scientists recreate coronavirus in a lab for the first time

Australian scientists were able to recreate the coronavirus in a lab, making another step towards developing a vaccine or cure for the virus. This is the first time the illness was recreated outside of China and will allow scientists to fully test any potential cures and compare their effectiveness.

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Wed Jan 29 - Reuters
Rice University student develops new method for producing bulk graphene from waste material. Image via Rice University.
New technique produces graphene flakes from waste material

A technique has recently been developed at Rice University's James Tour lab by graduate student Duy Luong, which allows waste coal, food and plastic to be transformed into graphene flakes in a 'flash' reaction, reducing carbon dioxide by-products and providing researchers with a new cheap method for producing large amounts of graphene for compositing with concrete, cars, clothing, etc.

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Tue Jan 28 - ScienceDaily
Research finds key protein signals that might signal concussions in college athletes. Image via ITNonline.
Research finds key protein signal for concussions

A research headed by neuropsychologist Michael McCrea at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee has found that testing for elevated levels of three proteins in the blood may be used to find concussions. The research drew blood samples from 264 college athletes from various sports before and after they suffered concussions, and found elevated levels of three proteins in their blood after the injury.

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Sun Jan 26 - ScienceNews
Newly discovered quantum computation method expected to be able to verify solutions to more problems than ever before. Image via Getty Images.
New quantum computation method capable of solving an enormous amount of problems

A new improvement to quantum computation methods has expanded the range of solutions that can be verified by quantum computers to include an enormous number of new problems, including those that can never be verified by classical computers. While the study is still in peer review, researchers agree with the robustness of its methodology and expect it to survive more thorough testing.

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Sat Jan 25 - ScienceNews
Researchers use 3D-printing technology recreate ancient Egyptian priest's voice. Image via Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Scientists recreate mummy's voice with 3D-printed vocal tract

Researchers used 3D scans of a 3000-year-old ancient Egyptian mummy, of a priest named Nesyamun who served under Pharaoh Ramses XI, to produce 3D prints of the mummy's vocal tracts, allowing them to recreate the voice of the ancient priest. The vocal tract organ has allowed scientists to investigate vowel sounds and inflections in the ancient Egyptian language.

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Fri Jan 24 - Cnet