People think and behave differently in virtual reality than they do in real life

Immersive virtual reality (VR) can be remarkably lifelike, but new research has found a yawning gap between how people respond psychologically in VR and how they respond in real life, according to Science Daily.

"People expect VR experiences to mimic actual reality and thus induce similar forms of thought and behaviour," said Alan Kingstone, a professor in UBC's department of psychology and the study's senior author. "This study shows that there's a big separation between being in the real world, and being in a VR world."

How long is a Saturn day? Scientists finally know

Study on the planet's icy rings reveals a single day is just over 10-and-a-half hours long

After decades of uncertainty, scientists have finally figured out the length of a day on Saturn, according to Daily Mail.

Saturn’s peculiar magnetic field and landmark-free surface have long stood in the way of scientists’ ability to determine its rotation rate.

But, thanks to Cassini data, they’ve now solved the mystery.

Vibrations picked up by particles in the planet’s rings have provided a window into the movement of Saturn’s interior for the first time, revealing a day on the icy planet lasts just 10 hours, 33 minutes and 38 seconds.

The human brain works backwards to retrieve memories! We get a general overview when recalling an event before reconstructing details

Humans retrieve the memory of an event in reverse to how they saw it, a report has discovered.

Instead of constructing a past memory by building a picture from details of the event, the brain forms an overall 'gist' of what happened first, according to Daily Mail.

It then fills out the story by retrieving more detail.

This process seems to be the opposite of how the brain works when first encountering an event.

Thousands of stars turning into crystals

The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers at the University of Warwick, and our skies are filled with them, according to Science Daily.

Observations have revealed that dead remnants of stars like our Sun, called white dwarfs, have a core of solid oxygen and carbon due to a phase transition during their lifecycle similar to water turning into ice but at much higher temperatures. This could make them potentially billions of years older than previously thought.

The GEMSTONE planet: Researchers reveal 'shimmering' super-Earth 21 light years away that could be covered in sapphires and rubies

Researchers have discovered a unique 'shimmering' planet they say could be a new class of exoplanet.

Officially known as HD219134 b. it is 21 light years away from us in the constellation Cassiopeia, according to Daily Mail.

Astronomers say unlike Earth, it most likely does not have a massive core of iron, but is rich in calcium and aluminium which makes it incredibly rich in gemstones

'Perhaps it shimmers red to blue like rubies and sapphires, because these gemstones are aluminium oxides which are common on the exoplanet,' says Caroline Dorn, astrophysicist at the Institute for Computational Science of the University of Zurich who led the new study.

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