Discovery of gigantic 'planet' baffles astronomers

A massive new ‘planet’ has been discovered that is so large it may not actually be classed as a planet, according to astronomers.

The new discovery is called OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb and is thought to be more than 13 times bigger than Jupiter, our solar system’s largest planet. The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute announced the discovery in a paper published on arXiv.org, according to RT.

145 million-year-old fossils of tiny rat-like creatures are found on Dorset's Jurassic Coast

They walked the Jurassic Coast of Dorset around 145 million-years ago. 

Now scientists have discovered fossils of the oldest mammals related to mankind. 

Researchers have found two teeth from small, rat-like creatures that lived in the shadow of the dinosaurs, according to Daily Mail.

They are the earliest undisputed fossils of mammals belonging to the line that led to human beings.

Sheep have ability to recognise human faces

Ewe look familiar: sheep have a human-like ability to recognise faces

Sheep have demonstrated the ability to recognise familiar human faces, according to a study.

Cambridge University researchers were able to train sheep to identify the faces, according to BBC.

After training, the sheep chose photos of familiar faces over unfamiliar ones significantly more often than not.

It shows that sheep possess similar face recognition abilities to primates.

Cells driving gecko's ability to re-grow its tail identified

A researcher is the first to discover the type of stem cell that is behind the gecko's ability to re-grow its tail, a finding that has implications for spinal cord treatment in humans, according to Science Daily.

Many lizards can detach a portion of their tail to avoid a predator and then regenerate a new one. Unlike mammals, the lizard tail includes a spinal cord.

Prof. Matthew Vickaryous found that the spinal cord of the tail contained a large number of stem cells and proteins known to support stem cell growth.

"We knew the gecko's spinal cord could regenerate, but we didn't know which cells were playing a key role," said Vickaryous, lead author of the study. "Humans are notoriously bad at dealing with spinal cord injuries so I'm hoping we can use what we learn from geckos to coax human spinal cord injuries into repairing themselves."

Virtual reality reduces phantom pain in paraplegics

In breakthrough research led by neuroscientist Olaf Blanke and his team, the scientists show that phantom body pain can be reduced in paraplegics by creating a bodily illusion with the help of virtual reality, according to Science Daily.

"We managed to provoke an illusion: the illusion that the subject's legs were being lightly tapped, when in fact the subject was actually being tapped on the back, above the spinal cord lesion," explains Blanke, lead author of the study. "When we did this, the subjects also reported that their pain had diminished."

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