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Indonesian Activists Rescue Rare Albino Orangutan

By Meera Dolasia on May 4, 2017
Indonesian Activists Rescue Rare Albino Orangutan

On April 29, officials at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) received a tip from the local police chief that some villagers in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province were holding a Bornean orangutan captive. When the rescue team arrived at the Tanggirang village they discovered that instead of the signature orange-reddish brown hair, the great ape had white hair, a paler skin color, and blue eyes. The mammal was also very sensitive to light.

Your Next Smartphone May Have A Self-Healing Screen

By Maitreyi Mantha on May 3, 2017
Your Next Smartphone May Have A Self-Healing Screen

While smartphones continue to get increasingly sophisticated and resilient, the same cannot be said about the display screen. The Gorilla Glass cover used for most high-end cell phones tends to shatter easily, leaving owners with little choice but to pay for an expensive replacement screen or buy a new device altogether. However, this issue may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new self-healing, Wolverine-inspired material which automatically repairs itself within 24 hours.

The Dinosaur Family Tree Gets A Makeover

By Maitreyi Mantha on April 29, 2017
The Dinosaur Family Tree Gets A Makeover

About 130 years ago, Harry Govier Seeley, a paleontologist trained in Cambridge, classified dinosaurs into two distinct groups, or clades, based on the shape of their pelvic bones. The “reptile-hipped” saurischians included carnivorous theropods like the Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex), while the “bird-hipped” ornithischians comprised herbivores such as the Stegosaurus and Triceratops. As more dinosaur fossils were discovered, a third group, dubbed sauropodomorphs, was established. In 1887, Seeley concluded that the long-necked herbivorous sauropods, like the Brontosaurus, were related to theropods and classified them as saurischians.

Graphene Sieve May Help Solve The World's Water Woes

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on April 27, 2017
Graphene Sieve May Help Solve The World's Water Woes

Though 70% of the Earth is covered in water, only about 2.5% is fresh. Even worse, only 1% of the fresh water is readily accessible, the rest being trapped in glaciers or deep underground. It is therefore not surprising to hear that over 780 million people worldwide currently do not have easy access to clean water. The problems are only expected to get worse with climate change and the burgeoning world population. Though desalinating sea water is the most logical solution, current techniques are too expensive and cumbersome to deploy on a large scale.

Flying Cars Edge Closer To Reality

By Daksha Morjaria on April 26, 2017
Flying Cars Edge Closer To Reality

Flying cars have been in the works since 1946, when aeronautical engineer Ted Hall created two prototypes of the ConvAirCar. Unfortunately, a crash landing due to low fuel caused the hybrid vehicle’s manufacturer, Convair, to lose interest and shut down the venture within a year. While there have been numerous attempts since, none have gone beyond the experimental stage. That is about to change thanks to a slew of new and established companies that are determined to make this 70-year-old quest a reality.

Lungs Don't Just Help Us Breathe — They Produce Blood, Too

By Kim Bussing on April 21, 2017
Lungs Don't Just Help Us Breathe — They Produce Blood, Too

In your biology class, you may have learned that lungs help us breathe while bone marrow, found in flat bones such as the hip bone, produces red and white blood cells through a process called hematopoiesis Now, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) researchers have discovered that in addition to being a crucial part of our respiratory system, lungs also play a major role in the production and storage of blood cells.

Wizard Hat Amoeba Named After Gandalf From The Lord Of the Rings

By Jeffrey Shao on April 20, 2017
Wizard Hat Amoeba Named After Gandalf From The Lord Of the Rings

Single-celled amoebae, which resemble small blobs of jelly, are usually of interest only to the researchers that discover them. However, a new South American species is garnering significant attention from fans of the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R.Tolkien. That’s because its unique shell, or carapace, bears a close similarity to the hat donned by Gandalf, the powerful wizard leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and the army of the West.

Ooho Edible Water Bubble Aims To Eliminate Plastic Bottles

By Meera Dolasia on April 18, 2017
Ooho Edible Water Bubble Aims To Eliminate Plastic Bottles

It is a well-known fact that plastic bottles, which take hundreds of years to decompose, are harmful to our environment. However, efforts by environmentalists to encourage consumers to switch to alternatives, like water fountains or reusable bottles, have not been very effective. The U.S. alone utilizes over 50 million plastic bottles annually, 80% of which end up in landfills.

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