Neuroscientist proposes AI-inspired theory for why we dream

Why we dream is one of science’s most perplexing mysteries, but a neuroscientist thinks he finally has the answer.    Erik Hoel, a research assistant professor of neuroscience at Tufts University in Massachusetts, has taken inspiration from artificial intelligence (AI) for his theory. In a new report, he argues that the often hallucinogenic, nonsensical quality of … Read more

Super-thin mirror could prove existence of dark matter

Dark matter, which is said to make up 85 percent of the universe, has eluded scientists for more than 50 years, but new research may have solved why. A team of American researchers hypothesize that our galaxy is filled with tiny particles with mass, known as dark photons, and traditional particle physics experiments are unable … Read more

Fossilised tracks show earliest known evidence of mammals at the seashore

Scientists have found the earliest-known evidence of mammals at the seashore, in a former water lagoon at the Hanna Formation of Wyoming.  Footprints left by two species of mammals – one identified and one not – were made 58 million years ago, according to analysis by the US experts.  The identified mammal species is Coryphodon, a primitive … Read more

China’s Zhurong rover will land on Mars TONIGHT

China is set to land its Zhurong rover, currently strapped to the Tianwen-1 orbiter, on Mars tonight as part of the country’s first interplanetary mission. Officials revealed Thursday that the capsule will embark on its ‘seven minutes of terror’ around 19:11 ET (00:11 BST), enduring the same tumultuous conditions NASA‘s Perseverance rover went through to land … Read more

Fossils: ‘Talkative’ dinosaur emitted ‘strong sounds’ to scare away predators and attract mates

Palaeontologists have unearthed a species of ‘talkative’ dinosaur from 73 million years ago that emitted ‘strong sounds’ to scare off predators and attract mates. The crested creature — Tlatolophus galorum — was found near General Cepeda in north-east Mexico by experts with the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The articulated tail of the newly-identified hadrosaur … Read more

Folded iron sword discovered in a Roman soldier’s grave

An ‘astonishing’ find: Folded iron sword discovered in a Roman soldier’s grave in Greece was part of a pagan ritual, expert says Solider buried with sword bent as part of a pagan ritual in Thessaloniki, Greece The man’s grave was found in the city during excavation work for a subway line   Also inside the grave was … Read more