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Robotic scientists will ‘speed up discovery’

Robotic scientists will ‘speed up discovery’

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Scientists at the University of Liverpool have unveiled a robotic colleague that has been working non-stop in their lab throughout lockdown. The £100,000 programmable researcher learns from its results to refine its experiments."It can work autonomously, so I can run experiments from home," explained Benjamin Burger, one of the developers. Such technology could make scientific discovery "a thousand times faster", scientists say. A new report by the Royal Society of Chemistry lays out a "post-Covid national research strategy", using robotics, artificial intelligence and advanced computing as part of a suite of technologies that "must be urgently embraced" to help socially distancing scientists contin
‘Black neutron star’ discovery changes astronomy

‘Black neutron star’ discovery changes astronomy

Science
Scientists have discovered an astronomical object that has never been observed before.It is more massive than collapsed stars, known as "neutron stars", but has less mass than black holes.Such "black neutron stars" were not thought possible and will mean ideas for how neutron stars and black holes form will need to be rethought.The discovery was made by an international team using gravitational wave detectors in the US and Italy.Charlie Hoy, a PhD student from Cardiff University, UK, involved in the study, said the new discovery would transform our understanding."We can't rule out any possibilities," he told BBC News. "We don't know what it is and this is why it is so exciting because it really does change our field." ...
‘Astonishing’ fossil ape discovery revealed

‘Astonishing’ fossil ape discovery revealed

Science
Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how and when walking on two legs evolved.The ability to walk upright is considered a key characteristic of being human.The ape had arms suited to hanging in the trees, but human-like legs. It may have walked along branches and even on the ground some 12 million years ago, pushing back the timeline for bipedal walking, say researchers.Until now the earliest fossil evidence for walking upright dates back to six million years ago. The four fossils - of a male, two females and a juvenile - were unearthed in a clay pit in Bavaria between 2015 and 2018."The finds in southern Germany are a milestone in palaeoanthropology, because they raise fundamental questions about our pr...
Genetic engineering tool promises to aid discovery of new drugs inside microbes

Genetic engineering tool promises to aid discovery of new drugs inside microbes

Health
Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Scientists have found a new way to coax microbes into producing valuable secondary metabolites, chemical compounds that help microbes adapt to changing conditions. Despite the contributions secondary metabolites have made to medical and material science, researchers suspect they have only barely skimmed the surface of the biochemical secrets hiding within microbes -- a tool called chassis-independent recombinase-assisted genome engineering, or CRAGE, may help them unlock those secrets. Secondary metabolites are named so because they're non-essential. Stop a microbe from producing its primary metabolites and it is likely to die. Lock the production of secondary metabolites, however, and the microbe is sure to persist, even if at a disadvantage. But while secondary metabol...

Recent performance of Value Discovery Fund due to expensive markets, says Mrinal Singh of ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund

Finance
“In value investing, patience is a prerequisite to reap gains. That is why it is important for investors to stay put with their investments whether through SIP or otherwise. As value gets unlocked investors will be beneficiaries of exponential gains from these investments,” said Mrinal Singh, Deputy CIO- Equity, ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, in an interview to Avneet Kaur of ETMutualFunds.com.ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund is underperforming its benchmark in one-, three- and five-year horizons. The scheme has given -8.60 per cent in the last one year, 3.31 per cent in the three-year period and 6.27 per cent in five years. What is the reason behind the underperformance?The recent performance of ICICI Prudential Value Discovery Fund has been a function of the markets being expensive w