Top Science Stories Of The Week

Posted: Apr 16 2016, 12:50pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 16 2016, 11:28pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Top Science Stories of the Week
New Ultrathin E-Skin. Credit: Someya Laboratory

Oldest Glass Factory in Israel Discovered

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient glass factory near the city of Haifa that is 1600 years old and is believed to be the earliest such example discovered so far in Israel. The glass kilns are also the first evidence of glass production in Israel during Late Roman period.

The kilns alongside chunks of light green colored raw glass have been excavated last summer during the construction of railway line southeast of Haifa. The glass was not only manufactured and used in Israel but distributed to other parts of the world such as Mediterranean and Europe as well.

First Ever Evidence of Exoplanets was Recorded in 1917 But No Body Noticed it

Long before the first confirmed find of planetary systems in the 1980s, an observer in 1917 recorded the first ever evidence of an exoplanet around a star, but surprisingly nobody recognized it. 

The evidence was hidden inside an astronomical glass plate from Carnegies Observatories’ collection and showed planetary debris around a white dwarf known as Van Maanen’s Star.

A researcher from University College London recently detected heavy elements such as calcium, magnesium and iron in the data which points to the fact that the star system once used to have planets. These exoplanets may turned into cosmic debris and are still falling into the star and creating a system known as “polluted white dwarf.”

Scientists Create Flexible Camera that can be Wrapped Around Objects

Researchers from Columbia University have developed a thin, flexible camera that can be wrapped around an object and captures a 360 degree view.

The new camera involves an array of flexible lenses that are easy to adjust in any shape with the movement of camera sheet. This allows a perfect end result without any error or missing any portion of image.

The camera is currently in the prototype stage but researchers believe they are moving toward right direction in terms of making a thin, flexible camera in future.

New Solar Panel Turns Raindrops into Electricity

Chinese researchers have developed a solar panel technology that is meant for all weathers. It means that the new solar panel can generate electricity from both sunlight and rain and it is unlike standard solar panels that are only capable of converting sunlight into electric power. 

The new solar panel is a combination of dye-sensitized solar cells covered with a thin layer of graphene and solves the dilemma of how to generate electricity in a rainy, gloomy day when Sun is not there.

New Ultrathin E-Skin can Turn your Body into a Display

Researchers have created a flexible, ultrathin e-skin that can be attached with arm, hand and any other part of body and can connect your body with various wearable sensors.

The obvious applications could be in the field of health and fitness where you can measure your heart rate or blood oxygen level right on the surface of your skin.

The newly developed skin is less than two micrometers thick and flexible enough to survive crumples and stretches that are caused by the movements of the body and interferes with the performance of an electronic device.

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