The wiring for walking developed long before fish left the sea

sciencenews.org – These strange walking fish might teach us about the evolutionary origins of our own ability to walk.

Source: Heekyung Jung, et al. The Ancient Origins of Neural Substrates for Land Walking. Cell, 2018.

Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster And Its Mannequin Passenger Starman Could Survive Millions Of Years In Space

techtimes.com – Elon Musk's Red Tesla Roadster and its passenger Starman will have close encounters with Earth over the next 3 million years. It has 6 percent odds of crashing into the planet over this period.

Source: Hanno Rein, Daniel Tamayo, David Vokrouhlicky. The random walk of cars and their collision probabilities with planets. arXiv, 2018.

People are slaughtering orangutans and wiping them out

newscientist.com – The population of Bornean orangutans fell by almost half in just 16 years, and it was not a sad by-product of deforestation: many apes were killed deliberately

Source: Maria Voigt, et al. Global Demand for Natural Resources Eliminated More Than 100,000 Bornean Orangutans. Current Biology, 2018.

'Oumuamua: 'space cigar's' tumble hints at violent past

bbc.com – The 'Oumuamua asteroid from outside our Solar System was involved in a collision, a study finds.

Source: Alan Fitzsimmons, et al. Spectroscopy and thermal modelling of the first interstellar object 1I/2017 U1 ‘Oumuamua. Nature Astronomy, 2017.

That dinosaur-killing asteroid also triggered massive magma releases beneath the ocean, study finds

latimes.com – The asteroid that hit Earth 66 million years ago appears to have caused huge amounts of magma to spew out of the bottom of the ocean, a new study of seafloor data finds.

Source: Joseph S. Byrnes, Leif Karlstrom. Anomalous K-Pg–aged seafloor attributed to impact-induced mid-ocean ridge magmatism. Science Advances, 2018.

Rehealable, Recyclable E-Skin Developed for Robots, Prosthetics

geek.com – Scientists have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing, fully recyclable “electronic skin.” The thin, translucent material simulates functions and mechanical properties of human skin—and then some. While wearable e-skins of all shapes …

Source: Zhanan Zou, et al. Rehealable, fully recyclable, and malleable electronic skin enabled by dynamic covalent thermoset nanocomposite. Science Advances, 2018.

What do you see when you put miniature glasses on praying mantises? A new method for robot vision

latimes.com – If you thought praying mantises already look pretty cool, wait till you see them in these stunning shades. Scientists who put tiny 3-D glasses on these petite hunters have found that their stereoscopic vision system is unlike that of any other known animal.

Source: Vivek Nityananda, et al. A Novel Form of Stereo Vision in the Praying Mantis. Current Biology, 2018.

Transgender Woman Breast-Feeds Baby After Hospital Induces Lactation

nytimes.com – A journal says it’s the first documented case of successful inducement of breast-milk production in a transgender woman.

Source: Tamar Reisman, Zil Goldstein. Case Report: Induced Lactation in a Transgender Woman. Transgender Health, 2018.

Melting Ice In Greenland And Antarctica Causing Sea Levels To Rise Twice As Much Than Predicted

techtimes.com – Researchers gathered 25 years of satellite data and observed that sea levels will increase by almost two feet at the end of the century. They say the accelerating sea level rise is due to ocean warming and melting ice sheets.

Source: Gongjie Wang, Lijing Cheng, John Abraham, Chongyin Li. Consensuses and discrepancies of basin-scale ocean heat content changes in different ocean analyses. Climate Dynamics, 2017.

Most bugs wouldn’t survive being eaten by a toad, but these beetles get barfed to safety

latimes.com – They don’t call them bombardier beetles for nothing. Scientists say these beetles can survive being eaten by toads thanks to a boiling toxic chemical they eject from their abdomen.

Source: Shinji Sugiura, Takuya Sato. Successful escape of bombardier beetles from predator digestive systems. Biology Letters, 2018.