Strange giant star located 500 light years from Earth

Astronomers have hailed the bizarre find of an almost perfectly spherical giant star as an intergalactic record breaker according to Daily mail.

Named Kepler 11145123, the hot and luminous star is more than twice the size of the Sun and rotates three times more slowly than the Sun.

Researchers analysing its rotation were stunned to find the difference in radius between the equator and the poles is only 3 km with a precision of 1 km.

This makes Kepler 11145123 the roundest natural object ever measured, even more round than the Sun' said Laurent Gizon Research and the, who led the study.

Cat tongues are even 'handier' than you imagined

Have you ever taken a good look at a cat's tongue? If so, you may have noticed the tiny, sharp "spines" on its surface according to Science daily.

Watching her cat lick a thick, microfiber blanket and immediately become stuck tongue out was all it took to inspire Alexis Noel, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, to explore the odd "spines" she noticed while helping to disentangle her cat.

If you've never looked closely at a cat's tongue, imagine that it's covered in tiny Velcro-like hooks and as it glides over fur, these hooks catch tangles and snags. "When the cat's tongue hits a snag, it pulls on the hooks, which rotate to penetrate the snag even further.

Men are better than women at recognising faces (as long as they are on a Transformers toy)

Most of the time, women are better at recognising faces according to Daily mail.

That is, unless it's a Transformers toy. 

A new study has found men are better at recognising Transformers because they've had that memory imprinted into their brains as a child.

The results suggest that the faces we experience when we are very young may leave a trace in our adult memory.

'This is the first category of faces where men do better than women,' lead researcher Isabel Gauthier said.

All previous research has shown that women are better than men at facial recognition in general, or that there isn't a difference between genders in how they recognise faces.

5,310-year-old corn cob sheds light on the history of the world's most produced cereal

A prehistoric corn cob dating back 5,310 years has shed fresh light on the domestication of the world's most popular cereal according to Daily mail.

Scientists have sequenced its complete DNA to show the maize grown in central Mexico was genetically more similar to its modern descendant than its wild ancestor.

Modern alchemy: Russian scientists discover how to extract gold from coal

Researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Far East branch say they are building a facility to make gold out of coal.

Although the science is no fairy tale, to the dismay of business owners, the process is not as productive as they might hope – burning a ton of coal yields one gram of gold, tops, according to RT.

At present, the scientists are setting the bar even lower, expecting a yield of 0.5 grams, or 1,500 rubles, per ton.