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  • A fisherman in Brazil’s Amazon region has found a large piece of debris from a European space launch. 73-year-old Manuel Alves dos Santos said the authorities didn’t believe him when he reported it. The man said he found the metal object floating river in the municipality of salinopolis. The debris is about the size of a car and features the logo of a car and features the logo of the UK space agency, and European satellite company Arianespace.

 

  • A bizarre object was spotted over north London recently, prompting some to speculate it could be an UFO. It was pictured by a member of the public who posted it on Facebook under the name Mixtris UFO -images, the Mirror reported. Writing on the social networking site, the user wrote that he captured the object a couple of streets away from where he lives. The object appeared black in colour and was rotating as it moved along.

 

  • Researchers have found that increasing ocean temperatures due to climate change will soon see reefs retaining and nurturing more of their own coral larvae, leaving large reef systems less interconnected. The study brought together an international group of researchers from NSU’s Oceanographic Center; the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University in Australia; and Sesoko Station, Tropical Biosphere Research Center at the University of the Ryukyus, Japan. “This research has potentially significant implications for understanding the future of coral reefs,” Richard Dodge, Ph.D., dean of NSU’s Oceanographic Center said.

 

  • Researchers have come up with a robotic hand that can be used in long distance conference to get the same feeling of shaking a real hand. The haptic robotic hand developed by Hideyuki Nakanishi, an associate professor of adaptive machine systems at Osaka University , along with his colleagues Kazuaki Tanaka and Yuya Wada, contains wires pulled by a servomotor, extending and contracting the fingers and thumb, Discovery News reported. A spring inside the wire generates a constant grip force, while the fingers are covered in urethane gel while the palm has urethane sponge to replicate the feeling of a real human hand. The researchers have revealed that the system works with two robotic hands and a video teleconferencing system, with each person grasping a haptic robotic hand, which stands in for their own arms. Although the robotic hand is warm to the touch, it doesn’t transmit sweat.

 

  • A study of 1,500 families across the UK suggests firstborn children are more ambitious when it comes to studying, and going on to college or university. The study also found firstborn girls were 13% more ambitious than firstborn boys. The study was carried out by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. Sibling Configurations, Educational Aspiration and Attainment followed 3,532 individuals (1,503 sibling groups) through the British Household Panel Study and Understanding Society.