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    A thread for amazing science discoveries. For, funny, bizarre, fascinating or simply just awe inspiring science discoveries or news.

    If you know of or find any such articles and would like to post them here, please share them and get involved, that would be excellent. Thank you kindly.

    I just read this one, so here's one to start with.

    Newly-discovered frog in Costa Rica is the real-life version of Kermit

    Bonus points if that frog can talk and drink tea. In the jungles of Costa Rica, scientists have discovered a species of glass frog that looks like Kermit the Frog. The new species, called ‘Hyalinobatrachium dianae’, was able to evade the watchful eyes of science for many years due to its remote location and misleading insect-like sound, ‘a single, tonal long metallic whistle-like note’.
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  • #2
    The butterfly with transparent wings... maybe helping against reflection in mobile devices etc.


    • #3
      Absolutely fascinating, Piirka.

      On transparent, there is a flower called Diphylleia Grayi, commonly called the skeleton flower: its petals turn transparent when raindrops touch it.

      More here:


      • #4
        Originally posted by Penny the Penguin View Post
        Absolutely fascinating, Piirka.

        On transparent, there is a flower called Diphylleia Grayi, commonly called the skeleton flower: its petals turn transparent when raindrops touch it.

        More here:
        That is amazing too.


        • #5
          How the Chameleon glows in technicolour.


          • #6
            Comets don't have magnetic fields after all, Rosetta discovers.

            Last edited by Penny the Penguin; 28-04-2015, 12:30 AM.


            • #7
              This how manipulated bacteria can detect mines

              There are over 100 billion mines beneath the ground in more than 64 countries. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a simple a clean solution for this problem?
              Last edited by Penny the Penguin; 04-05-2015, 04:51 AM.


              • #8
                Spiders Ingest Nanotubes, Then Weave Silk Reinforced with Carbon

                Spiders sprayed with water containing carbon nanotubes and graphene flakes have produced the toughest fibers ever measured, say materials scientists.


                • #9
                  Plant That Only Grows In Diamond-Rich Soil Found

                  Pandanus candelabrum. It might sound like a mouthful, but this thorny, palm-like plant is about to get a lot of attention. Geologist Stephen E. Haggerty of Florida International University has noticed that this picky plant only likes to grow in the best, most expensive soil. That is to say, soil that contains diamonds. The paper describing this intriguing find has been published in Economic Geology.



                  • #10
                    Light in sight: A step towards a potential therapy for acquired blindness

                    A promising new therapeutic approach for hereditary blindness based on a technology termed 'optogenetics' is to introduce light-sensing proteins into these surviving retinal cells, turning them into 'replacement photoreceptors' and thereby restoring vision. However, several factors limit the feasibility of a clinical optogenetic therapy using traditional light-sensitive proteins, as they require unnaturally high and potentially harmful light intensities and employ a foreign signaling mechanism within the target retinal cells.



                    • #11
                      Is our Universe a hologram?

                      Could it be possible that we are living in a two-dimensional space and are just perceiving the third-dimension?
                      Last edited by Penny the Penguin; 12-05-2015, 06:06 PM.


                      • #12
                        This si something from last year but the future use prospects make it worth to post here

                        A new way to make laser-like beams using 250x less power

                        With precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam.

                        They have made what’s believed to be the first polariton laser that is fueled by electrical current as opposed to light, and also works at room temperature, rather than way below zero.

                        Those attributes make the device the most real-world ready of the handful of polariton lasers ever developed. It represents a milestone like none the field has seen since the invention of the most common type of laser – the semiconductor diode – in the early 1960s, the researchers say. While the first lasers were made in the 1950s, it wasn’t until the semiconductor version, fueled by electricity rather than light, that the technology took off.

                        This work could advance efforts to put lasers on computer circuits to replace wire connections, leading to smaller and more powerful electronics. It may also have applications in medical devices and treatments and more.



                        • #13
                          We're Only Eating Holographic Chocolate From Now On



                          • #14
                            Scientists Flew a Jet Plane Into a Thunderstorm to Study Antimatter



                            • #15
                              Rats can also show empathy and give an helping "paw".. Do rats abandon a sinking ship? These ones saved their companions.

                              We’ve all heard how rats will abandon a sinking ship. But will they attempt to save their companions in the process? A new study shows that rats will, indeed, rescue their distressed pals from the drink — even when they’re offered chocolate instead. They’re also more likely to help when they’ve had a dunking of their own, adding to evidence that the rodents feel empathy.
                              Previous studies have shown that rats will lend distressed companions a helping paw, says Peggy Mason, a neurobiologist at the University of Chicago who was not involved in the work.