Materials: Scientists create ‘ultrahard’ GLASS that’s even harder than a diamond

It might soon be time to ditch that bulky phone case, as scientists have fashioned an ultrahard glass that is even harder than natural diamonds. Pictured: a sample of the carbon glass, around 1 millimetre across, which was formed at 30 GPa and 1,598°F (870°C)

It might soon be time to ditch that bulky phone case, as scientists have created an ultrahard glass that is even harder than natural diamonds. The so-called carbon glass, which also has the highest thermal conductivity of all known glasses, was produced by researchers led from China’s Jilin University. They synthesised it by placing ‘buckyballs’ … Read more

Just three MINUTES of deep red light one morning a week can improve your eyesight

Just three minutes of exposure to deep red light one morning a week can 'significantly improve' your eyesight, a new study claims

Staring at a deep red light for just three MINUTES once a week can ‘significantly improve’ your eyesight, study claims In humans, cells in the eye’s retina begin to deteriorate at around the age of 40 The cell’s mitochondria, whose role is to produce energy, also start to decline Research has shown shining a red … Read more

Hubble Space Telescope shows off never-before-seen epic views of the solar system’s gas giants

The Hubble Telescope released new images of the solar system's gas giants. They show drastic changes to the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

The Hubble Space Telescope is still not fully operational, but NASA and the European Space Agency continue to release new images taken by the space telescope, including never-before-seen images of the solar system’s gas giants. The new images of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune show drastic changes to the planet’s atmospheres, which stretch from 500 … Read more

Curiosity rover sends a picture postcard from Mars

Wish you were here! NASA's Curiosity rover has marked the 10th anniversary of its launch to Mars by sending back a spectacular 'picture postcard' from the Red Planet (pictured)

NASA’s Curiosity rover has marked the 10th anniversary of its launch to Mars by sending back a spectacular ‘picture postcard’ from the Red Planet. The robotic explorer snapped two black and white images of the Martian landscape which were then combined and had colour added to them to produce the remarkable composite. Curiosity, which launched to … Read more

Second part of Hubble Space Telescope is working almost a month after it went into safe mode

NASA has recovered the Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument

NASA said on Monday that it is getting closer to bringing the Hubble Space Telescope back to ‘normal science operations,’ as it recovered the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument on Sunday. This is the second instrument to come back online, after the Advanced Camera for Surveys instrument started working again on November 7, taking … Read more

Bees: Species living in Costa Rica has evolved an extra tooth for biting FLESH, study finds

A bee species in Costa Rice appears to have a taste for flesh (as pictured), having evolved an extra tooth for biting meat and a gut that more closely resembles those of vultures

A bee species in Costa Rice appears to have a taste for flesh, having evolved an extra tooth for biting meat and a gut that more closely resembles those of vultures. Researchers led from the University of California, Riverside compared the gut microbiota of various bee species, including these so-called ‘vulture bees’. They lured vulture … Read more

Scientists discover two ‘previously invisible’ galaxies 29 billion light years away

With the help of the giant ALMA radio telescopes (Atacama Large Milimeter Array) in Chile’s Atacama Desert the two invisible galaxies 'suddenly appeared'. ALMA has a spatial resolution five times better than the Hubble Space Telescope, as this graphic shows, which was key to the discovery

One in five distant galaxies could be hidden behind cosmic dust, scientists say as they uncover two previously invisible systems 29 billion light years away Experts discover two ‘heavily dust-obscured’ galaxies 29 billion light years away ‘REBELS-12-2’ and ‘REBELS-29-2’ were found with Chile’s ALMA radio telescopes Their existence suggests a fifth of existing galaxies are … Read more

Ancient human relative that lived in South Africa 2 million years ago climbed like an ape

Australopithecus sediba (pictured), an ancient human relative that lived in South Africa two million years ago, walked like a human but climbed like an ape, new analysis has revealed

An ancient human relative that lived in South Africa two million years ago walked like a human but climbed like an ape, new analysis has revealed. Scientists said the discovery of new lower back fossils belonging to Australopithecus sediba had settled a decades old debate about how early hominins moved. The ‘missing link’ revealed a curved … Read more