Milton Keynes is to get automated driverless cars, known as ‘pods’, which will ferry people around on designated pathways. These will be booked using a smartphone app.
Researchers have found a new knee ligament, the anteriolateral ligament or ALL. This runs from the thigh to the shinbone, and could protect the knee joint when people twist or change direction.
A dog can learn how another dog feels by the direction that its tail wags. A wag that tends to the left suggests anxiety, and one to the right suggests happiness, though it’s unlikely that we will spot it because the wag is too fast.
Three species of dung beetles gallop rather than run, and this isn’t seen in other insects. Most insects move three legs at a time, in what us known as an ‘alternate tripod gait’.
It looks like the SARS virus originated in Chinese horseshoe bats and was passed on through bat-to-human contact – that’s one for you, Count Dracula!
A blind crustacean that lives in underwater caves uses venom to liquify its prey. This is the first venomous crustacean discovered.
Another reason why sleep is important – it seems to clear your brain of toxins. During sleep, the flow of fluid around the brain increases, washing away any buildup of waste proteins. This could explain the link between sleep disorders and brain disease such as Alzheimer’s disease.
The research was published in Science.
Contrary to previous theories, there may only have been one human species walking the earth millions of years ago. According to a paper in Science, Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis and Homo erectus may have been part of the evolution of humans, rather than separate species.
Some dogs can instinctively predict when someone is about to have an epileptic fit – dogs can also be trained to do this.