ScienceDaily: Top Science News, 05 Mar 2019


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Thousands of tiny quakes shake Antarctic ice at night

Posted: 04 Mar 2019 12:49 PM PST

Scientists placed seismometers on the McMurdo Ice Shelf and recorded hundreds of thousands of tiny ‘ice quakes’ that appear to be caused by pools of partially melted ice expanding and freezing at night. The phenomenon may be able to help scientists track glacier melting — and to help explain the breakup of large ice shelves.


Ancient mammal remains digested by crocodiles reveal new species

Posted: 04 Mar 2019 10:42 AM PST

Fossilized bones that appear to have been digested by crocodiles in the Cayman Islands have revealed three new species and subspecies of mammal that roamed the island more than 300 years ago.


Mini cheetah is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip

Posted: 04 Mar 2019 10:42 AM PST

New mini cheetah robot is springy and light on its feet, with a range of motion that rivals a champion gymnast. The four-legged powerpack can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right-side up or upside down. The robot can also trot over uneven terrain about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed.


The case of the over-tilting exoplanets

Posted: 04 Mar 2019 09:15 AM PST

For almost a decade, astronomers have tried to explain why so many pairs of planets outside our solar system have an odd configuration — their orbits seem to have been pushed apart by a powerful unknown mechanism. Researchers say they’ve found a possible answer, and it implies that the planets’ poles are majorly tilted.


Chemical pollutants in the home degrade fertility in both men and dogs, study finds

Posted: 04 Mar 2019 06:59 AM PST

New research suggests that environmental contaminants found in the home and diet have the same adverse effects on male fertility in both humans and in domestic dogs.


Engineers develop fast method to convert algae to biocrude

Posted: 04 Mar 2019 06:58 AM PST

A team of chemical engineers have developed a new kind of jet mixer for creating biomass from algae that extracts the lipids from the watery plants with much less energy than the older extraction method. This key discovery now puts this form of energy closer to becoming a viable, cost-effective alternative fuel.


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