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10 Science Stories Everyone Is Talking About

posted: 07/07/17
by: Jason Ginsburg

New scientific research, feats, and discoveries are happening all over the world. How is a science fan supposed to keep up?

At Science Channel, we follow as many science stories as possible. We've selected the most intriguing, exciting, or downright cool headlines to keep you updated and captivated.

Read on...

1. Who needs virtual reality when you can have holograms? RED, the company that makes digital cameras for Hollywood professionals, is releasing its first mobile phone next year. Called the Hydrogen, the $1,200 phone will feature a holographic display and let users shoot holographic movies--and doesn't require 3-D glasses. -- Mashable

2. Professional astronomers were having trouble booking telescope time to observe Neptune, so they turned to the amateur community for help. An international team of space enthusiasts, using fairly small telescopes, tracked storm systems on Neptune for five months, and even co-authored a paper on their discoveries. -- Space.com

3. Paleontologists have confirmed the existence of a fearsome predator from the Jurassic period: Razanandrongobe sakalavae, which could grow up to 23 feet long and weigh about a ton. It's not a dinosaur but a notosuchian, related to modern crocodiles--and could compete with a T. Rex. -- Science Alert

Credit: Fabio Manucci

4. Siri, Alexa, and over voice-activated apps were programmed for standard English, so what happens if their owner speaks with a heavy Southern accent? Acoustic scientists are deconstructing the Southern drawl to improve speech-recognition software, and helping to study a uniquely American language phenomenon. -- Science News

5. Heading into the solar system this weekend? Here's your weather forecast for Mars, Saturn, and beyond.

6. It's either the future of law enforcement or the end of humanity: Dubai is deploying a fleet of autonomous police robo-cars to fight crime. The vehicles come with detachable drones that can pursue criminals where the cars can't go. -- Outer Places

Credit: Otsaw Robotics

7. What did people of the past actually look like? Archaeologists have just used a 3-D scan of a skull to digitally reconstruct the face of a man who lived in Dublin 500 years ago. The technology may allow us to peer into history in a way never seen before. -- Outer Places

8. Radar studies of Saturn's moon Titan reveal a lack of wind, which should mean smooth landings for any craft we send there--and smooth sailing for any probe we send to roam its liquid methane lakes. -- Science Alert

9. The Large Hadron Collider has changed physics once again. Physicists there have just announced the discovery of a new heavy particle, which could unlock a deeper understanding of quarks, which form protons and neutrons, which in turn form atoms--the fundamental particles of matter. -- Scientific American

10. Scotland's Stirling Castle has longed been associated with William Wallace and the country's war of independence, but no evidence of a battle there has ever been found. Newly discovered skeletons beneath the castle's chapel provide evidence of siege warfare, giving us more clues about the famous hero of Braveheart.

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