Mysterious purple orb baffles scientists

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A MYSTERIOUS purple orb sucked off the sea bed during a live-streamed Nautilus exploration has stumped scientists, and naturally the internet too.

Inquisitive viewers of the YouTube video have made multiple guesses as to its origins, ranging from an “alien egg” to a brand new species of Pokemon. In fact it is more likely the bright orb, found by the Channel Islands of California, is a type of marine mollusk.

At least that is the current view of scientists who in all honesty are not completely sure, and it could take several years…

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Da Vinci's earliest notes on laws of friction found

SCRIBBLED pages in a notebook of Leonardo da Vinci, previously dismissed as nonsense, have been revealed as the polymath's earliest musings on the laws of friction.

Leonardo is widely considered the founder of tribology, a branch of mechanical engineering and materials science that deals with the principles of friction.

Now, scientists have a better understanding of when Leonardo first began to understand the laws of friction. In the years following these early scribbles, Leonardo would expand on the role of friction in engineering and the development of machines.

The significance of the scribbles was discovered by Ian Hutchings, a professor…

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Great Pyramid Not A Perfect Square

FOR CENTURIES, archaeologists and architects have marveled how seemingly perfectly-built the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt was.

Now, however, a new survey on its measurements has revealed that the base of the ancient monument – considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World– is slightly lopsided.

To be specific, the pyramid’s west side is longer than its east side by just a few inches, as Egyptologist Mark Lehner and engineer Glen Dash have recently discovered.

The pyramid was originally clad in hard, white casing, but much of the casing stones are now gone. Without the casing,…

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Cockroach Milk: Superfood of the Future?

AN INTERNATIONAL team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason?

It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and, the researchers think it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future.

Although most cockroaches don’t actually produce milk, Diploptera punctate, which is the only known cockroach to give birth to live young, has been shown to pump out a type of ‘milk’ containing protein crystals to feed its babies.

The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is…

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100 Years Later: Tunguska explosion still baffles scientists


IN THE morning of June 30, 1908, a “massive” explosion ripped through the sky over the Tunguska region – a wintry, hostile section of Siberia, in what is now the Russian Federation.

The blast, which flattened all the trees in a 31-mile radius, has been thought to have been produced by a comet or asteroid hurtling through Earth's atmosphere at over 33,500 miles per hour – resulting in an explosion equal to 185 Hiroshima bombs as pressure and heat rapidly increased.

But the strange thing is there was no impact crater, unlike other documented cases of meteor impact.

And as…

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