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Where Latin American author Marcos Antonio Hernandez turns the news into story ideas

December 7, 2021
Reproducing, living robots?

Xenobots are small blobs created from frog stem cells scientists first created in 2020. They’re not traditional robots—there’s no metal, and they’re tiny. Instead, xenobots are more like programmable organisms and can be used to clean up radioactive waste or plastics in oceans. Scientists already knew that xenobots could move, work in groups, and self-heal. Now, xenobots […]

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November 30, 2021
Working remote, from bed.

A café in Tokyo is taking work from home to entirely new levels. Called the “Avatar Robot Café,” it’s filled with robots who are a part of the staff. But, instead of the robots being run by artificial intelligence, the robots are controlled by people with disabilities. The café says its goal is “to create and […]

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November 23, 2021
Will space junk be the next big problem?

In 1978, NASA scientist Donald Kessler proposed a scenario where low-Earth orbit becomes so crowded that a series of collisions begins, leading to still more crashes from the resulting debris. Fast forward to 2021, and it’s looking a lot more like this could become a reality. More satellites than ever go into space, most notably Elon Musk’s Starlink […]

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November 16, 2021
Specialized gloves help a pianist keep playing.

João Carlos Martins was a piano prodigy, but a series of setbacks robbed him of his gift. First, he fell while playing soccer and severed his ulnar nerve. This nerve runs directly to the pinky and ring finger—both used while playing the piano. Nevertheless, he managed to keep playing piano after years of surgeries and […]

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November 9, 2021
Got a brain that needs oxygen? Try algae

German scientists have discovered a new way of introducing oxygen into the brain of tadpoles: taking advantage of photosynthesis. In essence, the experiment involved injecting algae into a tadpole’s heart. After traveling through the blood vessels, the algae reached the brain. Then, the scientists deprived the brain of oxygen, effectively ending neural activity. The cool part? […]

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November 2, 2021
Egyptian customs detained a lifelike robot.

Ai-Da is an abstract artist who was given the honor of displaying her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza. Unfortunately, she almost didn’t make it because Egyptian authorities detained her under suspicion she was a spy. Why? Because “she’s” an ultra-realistic robot programmed to create art. She was created by an interdisciplinary team of programmers, […]

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October 26, 2021
A planet loses its atmosphere.

An international team of scientists discovered a planet with its atmosphere stripped away because of a planetary collision. Planets running into each other isn’t uncommon in solar system formation—in fact, it’s believed that this is how Earth’s moon was created. But, the loss of an atmosphere is the first time scientists have observed this outcome of […]

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October 19, 2021
Radio waves from the center of the Milky Way.

An international team of scientists picked up mysterious radio waves—they don’t come from any known source or fit any known stellar object. But they DO know that the waves come from the center of the galaxy. According to scientists, there are unique characteristics regarding both the polarity and the brightness of the waves that they can’t […]

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October 12, 2021
A psychic was sued for not removing a love curse.

A California man brought charges against a psychic who claimed she could remove an ex’s love curse. The man had been having trouble with his wife and believed lifting the curse would save his marriage. Naturally, when his marriage ended in divorce, it was all the psychic’s fault. The psychic, Sophia Adams, found the curse during a […]

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October 5, 2021
A turtle delays an airplane covered in turtles.

Officials closed a runway at an airport in Japan for twelve minutes after discovering a turtle taking a stroll on the tarmac. One of the planes affected by the delay was covered with pictures of blue turtles. It’s a small twist of irony, but what if the event had far-reaching consequences? Chaos theory’s butterfly effect essentially states that […]

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