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Magpies do not steal trinkets and are positively scared of shiny objects, according to new research.
The study appears to redeem the myth of the “thieving magpie”, which pervades European folklore.
It is widely believed that magpies have a compulsive urge to steal sparkly things for their nests.
But Exeter University scientists show that the birds are actually nervous of such objects, presumably because they are novel and may prove dangerous.
The study involved a ...
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Scientists have produced a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the brain, and squeezed in one million computational units called "neurons".
They describe it as a supercomputer the size of a postage stamp.
Each neuron on the chip connects to 256 others, and together they can pick out the key features in a visual scene in real time, using very little power.
The design is the result of a ...
Scientists in Australia have produced a "tractor beam" in a water tank.
They can control the movement of a floating ping-pong ball just by making a specific pattern of waves.
By changing the pattern, they moved the ball around the tank in various ways, including pulling it closer like the famous beam from science fiction.
The findings, published in the journal Nature Physics, have the potential to help contain oil spills or control and retrieve ...
Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS
As Rosetta moved into what's officially called a "hyperbolic orbit", the cameras on board have been busy taking new images of the strange, icy body, comet 67P.
"It was very emotional to see these high resolution pictures," said Dr Holger Sierks, principle investigator of Osiris (the main camera instrument onboard Rosetta).
"We've never seen images like this before in this detail, and with the features we never really thought to see." ...
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