Category: Science


Surgeons Use Self-Navigating Robot to Find Leaky Valve in Pig Hearts


During a recent experiment at Boston Children’s Hospital, bioengineers used a robotic catheter to reach a leaky valve inside pig hearts. But get this – the device was completely autonomous, navigating through the heart all by itself and without the benefit of a surgeon’s guiding hand. Welcome to the future of heart surgery. New research published today...


Labster scores $21M Series B to bring VR to STEM education


Labster, the Denmark headquartered startup building virtual laboratory simulations for STEM students, has raised $21 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Owl Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital, Northzone and Swisscom Ventures. Previous backers Nordic Makers, David Helgason, EduCapital and Entangled Group also followed on, bringing the total raised by the company to date...


Scientists Say Octopus Farms Would Be ‘Unethical’ and Awful for the Planet


I still remember the first time I tasted octopus. After an exhausting day reporting the troubles in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria, Gizmodo video producer Raúl Marrero and I headed to a seaside restaurant where I tried ensalada de pulpo as an appetiser. It was love at first bite. What I didn’t know, then, was that scientists have been exploring the...


These Are Bubbles Made of Sand


Engineers observed bubbles of sand moving within other sand, like oil droplets through water, in a first-of-its-kind observation. It’s difficult for scientists to understand the behaviour of countless small moving particles, and we’re still learning new things about materials like sand, as some of our past stories show. In a new experiment, scientists observed two kinds of sands...



99-Million-Year-Old Amber Surprisingly Contains Sea Creatures


An incredible 99-million-year-old chunk of amber contains several trapped marine gastropods, including an extinct ammonite, according to a new paper. Amber is fossilised tree resin, and occasionally it preserves bits of plant and animal matter, like insects and bird feathers. But in this case, scientists from China, the United Kingdom, and the United States uncovered...