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Saturn’s tiny moon Pan looks like a space ravioli (Photo)

Saturn's tiny moon Pan looks like a space ravioli (Photo)

Saturn’s moon Pan is a dainty little thing with a diameter of just 17 miles (28 kilometers) across. It’s also shaped like a piece of ravioli. The moon, Pan, is Saturn’s second-innermost tagalong, and it’s only about 35 kilometers across. What makes it so interesting, as plainly seen in the new pictures, is that it’s not round. Pan has been ... Read More »

Life On Mars: Astronauts Can Grow Potatoes in Martian Soil (research)

Life On Mars: Astronauts Can Grow Potatoes in Martian Soil

A project attempting to grow potatoes in Mars-like conditions has reported positive preliminary results. Potatoes bred by the International Potato Center in Peru were grown in a CubeSat – a miniature satellite box – developed with Nasa. The CubeSat was on Earth but hermetically sealed so that that no air or water from Earth’s atmosphere could be exchanged with the ... Read More »

MIT scientists unveil mind-controlled robot (Video)

MIT scientists unveil mind-controlled robot (Video)

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) wanted robots to be a more natural extension of our bodies. In the demonstration, robot arms were given the task of placing either a canister of paint or a ball of wire into an appropriate box. The human controller, meanwhile, wearing an electroencephalography (EEG) cap, would have their brainwaves ... Read More »

Police: Toyota stolen with 4-year-old girl inside

Police: Toyota stolen with 4-year-old girl inside

A Toyota Camry was stolen from in front of a Weston-area home Friday morning with a 4-year-old girl still inside. A vehicle was stolen with the child inside just after 6 a.m. from the Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue area, Toronto police said. The car, a 2008 Toyota Camry with the licence plate BHVH392, was later seen near Highway 401 ... Read More »

Bruce McCallum, Toronto Teacher killed in Costa Rica

Bruce McCallum, Toronto Teacher killed in Costa Rica

A Toronto teacher has been killed in what is believed to have been a violent robbery in Costa Rica. Bruce McCallum, 58, who worked at Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute, near Finch Avenue East and McCowan Road, was fatally stabbed on Sunday, March 5 in what appears to be a botched robbery attempt, according to that country’s Judicial Investigation Police. Read More »

Danish Boy Finds Downed German Messerschmitt on Family Farm

Danish Boy Finds Downed German Messerschmitt on Family Farm

A Danish boy who was stuck for a subject for his history homework ended up unearthing a crashed German wartime fighter plane and the bones of its pilot. The father-son duo of Klaus and Daniel Kristiansen weren’t expecting to find a ME 109 Messerschmitt plane buried underground in a field on their property in Birkelse, Denmark. Klaus Kristiansen told Danish ... Read More »

Research questions trees’ ability to store carbon

Research questions trees' ability to store carbon

A new research has raised doubts over the ability of trees to offset carbon emissions, finding that common trees can’t store as much carbon as previously thought. Published in the Nature Climate Change journal, the research found that Australia’s iconic Eucalyptus forests are likely to need additional soil nutrients in order to grow and take advantage of extra carbon dioxide ... Read More »

DNA study proves long-term Aboriginal connection to country

DNA study proves long-term Aboriginal connection to country

Historic hair samples collected from Aboriginal people show that following an initial migration 50,000 years ago, populations spread rapidly around the east and west coasts of Australia. “The mitochondrial dates reported here for Aboriginal Australian arrival and dispersal appear considerably older than recent estimates from nuclear genomic data that suggest a single ancestry population started to differentiate as recently as ... Read More »