Tiny soft robot with multilegs paves way for drugs delivery in human body

A novel tiny, soft robot with caterpillar-like legs capable of carrying heavy loads and adaptable to adverse environment was developed from a research led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU). This mini delivery-robot could pave way for medical technology advancement such as drugs delivery in human body.

Around the world, there has been research about developing soft milli-robots. But the CityU's new design with multi-legs helps reduce friction significantly, so that the robot can move efficiently inside surfaces within the body lined with, or entirely immersed in, body fluids such as blood or mucus, according to Science Daily.

Magellanic Clouds duo may have been a trio

Two of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way -- the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds -- may have had a third companion, astronomers believe.

Research published today describes how another "luminous" galaxy was likely engulfed by the Large Magellanic Cloud some three to five billion years ago, according to Science Daily.

ICRAR Masters student Benjamin Armstrong, the lead author on the study, said most stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud rotate clockwise around the centre of the galaxy.

Earth's 'next door neighbor' could be home to WATER: New simulations suggest planet just outside of our solar system may be a 'highly habitable' world with a liquid ocean

A nearby exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of a star just 4.2 light-years from Earth may be home to a vast ocean, boosting its chances of supporting life.

Since its discovery, questions about the conditions at the surface of Proxima b have been swirling; the planet’s mass is just about 1.3 times that of Earth’s, and the red dwarf star it circles is similar in age to our sun, according to Daily Mail.

Studies over the last few years, however, have both bolstered hopes of its habitability and shot them down.

Why you trust your gut instinct over logic

 People feel more confident in snap decisions which come from their 'true self'

People often trust their gut instincts over logic because they feel those decisions are a more accurate reflection of their 'true selves', say scientists.

Because we see these choices as a better representation of who we are, we are more likely to have confidence in them, a study suggests, according to Daily Mail.

Scientists said while gut decisions come with several benefits, it can make us stubborn and unhappy to accept when we are wrong.

Tiny brain chip implant could help curb epileptic fits by detecting the 'electrical storm' that occurs before seizures start

An electronic chip implanted in the brain could help to prevent epileptic fits, a study suggests.

The device, so far tested only in mice, can detect the ‘electric storm’ that occurs in the brain when a seizure starts and release a natural chemical to stop it, according to Daily Mail.

The chip, made from plastic and twice as thick as a human hair, could be scaled up and trialled in people within two years

Around 600,000 people have epilepsy and three in ten are unable to control their seizures as anti-epileptic drugs do not work for them.