Interesting Articles 2019

You can see the heart of this newly discovered frog

The frog has a transparent skin on the belly and chest, so that you can view all organs - including the heart. The frog belongs to the glass frogs. The belly of these frogs is normally covered by a transparent skin, so you can see their organs. But in Ecuador, scientists have now discovered a glass frog that goes one step further.

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Man does not help with a lack of information

Research shows that if people do not know how helpful the other person is, they are less likely to help themselves. There are many moments in everyday life when we can be busy with things that do not help us. For example, helping the neighbor carry his cupboard.

Oldest animal in the world appears to be 507 years old

Bivalve mollusc A few years ago, Ming entered the books as the oldest animal ever discovered and whose age we could determine. The shellfish - a northern hump - was then estimated to be 405 to 410 years old. However, a new study now shows that there are more candles on the cake: the - meanwhile deceased - Ming was 507 years old.

Scientist discovers how children die of malaria

Every minute a child dies of malaria. Currently, scientists cannot properly treat the effects of this disease, causing many children to die, but this is about to change. Scientist Dr. Terrie Taylor and her colleagues from the State University of Michigan have found out what children suffering from cerebral malaria die from.

New language discovered in Southeast Asia

And the language lacks a number of words that we use frequently ... Researchers discovered the new language on the Malacca peninsula and gave it the name 'Jenek'. "Jenek is not - as you might expect - a language spoken by an unknown tribe in the jungle, but in a village that has previously been studied by anthropologists," says researcher Niclas Burenhult.

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Blind boy 'looks' like a dolphin

A blind boy has learned to be able to 'see' things. For this he uses a technique that dolphins also use to track objects. The boy makes high clicks and then listens to what these collide. That way he can figure out exactly what is true. The technology is part of a revolutionary research program to help the blind.

Special robots run entirely on their own

Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed 'bio-bots': small, soft robots that are lined on one side with the heart cells of rats and are thus able to walk completely independently. The robots are made from hydrogel and very flexible. The robots can actually be divided into two parts.

Simulating crowds of people: prepared for the worst disasters

It is an impressive sight: the marching of soldiers. Row by row, exactly at the pass. A major effort that requires a lot of training. For a computer, however, this is child's play, the real challenge is to let everyone walk through each other, each with a goal, a speed and a direction and without bumping into each other.

Scientists create mouse with two biological fathers

Using stem cell therapy, scientists have produced mice that have the genes of two fathers. The scientists combined the genes of the fathers and used a surrogate mother to put the baby on earth. That is an important breakthrough. Certainly for homosexual couples who want a child that has both genes in them.

Google reveals real-time search

TECHNOLOGY With the hot breath of Microsoft's Bing in the neck, Google is launching one feature after the other. In a few days the newest function will go online: real-time searching. News items, MySpace updates and twits that are only a few seconds old appear in the search results. Twitter is currently one of the largest websites with 'real-time' searches.

Dutch soccer robots lose World Cup final in Japan

The robots had to acknowledge their superiority in their Chinese 'counterparts' and lost the final with 6-3. Students from the Eindhoven University of Technology had traveled to Japan with their home-made football robots, where the RoboCup took place this year (see box). And they certainly did not make the journey for nothing: it was only in the final that the victory series of the Dutch football robots came to an end.

Become 100 with the help of your friends

How do you become a hundred years old? Does that depend on good genes? According to scientists from the University of New South Wales, good genes influence a long life. Yet a healthy and happy lifestyle is much more important. "About twenty to thirty percent of people over one hundred years of age reach this age because it is in the family," says university professor Robyn Richmond.

Lost Phobos-Grunt will be heard

The beautiful mission seemed to be dead, but there is hope again now that ESA has received a signal from the probe. The Russian probe Phobos-Grunt was successfully launched on 8 November. But once in orbit around the earth it went wrong. The probe should have turned on its engines to continue the journey to Phobos, but it never worked.

Unfair distribution of wealth began in the Stone Age

Scientists have discovered the oldest evidence of an unfair distribution of wealth. They found it in graves that are at least 7,000 years old. The researchers studied 300 graves in the center of Europe. They found out where the deceased came from by looking at the isotopes in the remains.

History of Greenland ice sheet uncovered in 3D

Scientists offer us a 3D view of the Greenland ice sheet. The 3D picture shows the history of the ice sheet beautifully and shows the (past) times of the different ice layers. The researchers are very satisfied with the 3D images. "This new, huge amount of data shows how the ice sheet has evolved and how it is moving today," says researcher Joe MacGregor.

Land on earth was inhabited 2.2 billion years ago

Scientists always thought that the land on earth has only been inhabited for some 500 million years. But new research shows that the first organisms already involved the country 2.2 billion years ago. It is still unclear what exactly these organisms are. Researchers from the University of Oregon found fossils in very old land in South Africa.