Apple iPhone 8 might have issues with wireless charging, 3D face recognition

Apple has been working hard to fix software bugs affecting its iPhone 8, according to a report from Fast Company. The report claims Apple has unable to solve the software issues, which means, the tenth anniversary iPhone could be launched without major features. Apple has been working hard to fix software bugs affecting its iPhone 8, […]

The blue wings of this dragonfly may be surprisingly alive

An adult insect wing is basically dead. So what in the world were tiny respiratory channels doing in a wing membrane of a morpho dragonfly? Rhainer Guillermo Ferreira was so jolted by a scanning electron microscope image showing what looked like skinny, branching tracheal tubes in a morpho wing that he called in another entomologist […]

How a crop-destroying fungus mutated to infect wheat

A wheat strain that let its guard down may have paved the way for a crop-destroying fungus to infect the species. About 1980, Brazilian farmers began growing a strain of wheat called Anahuac, which is suited to the country’s nonacidic soils. And that, researchers report July 7 in Science, may be when wheat started to lose an […]

China’s quantum satellite adds two new tricks to its repertoire

A record-breaking quantum satellite has again blown away the competition, achieving two new milestones in long-distance quantum communications through space. In June, Chinese researchers demonstrated that the satellite Micius could send entangled quantum particles to far-flung locations on Earth, their properties remaining intertwined despite being separated by more than 1,200 kilometers. Now researchers have used […]

Hermaphrodite wildflower has its own battle of the sexes

Petals of wildflowers called starry campions may be a pretty little battleground for a sexual skirmish between the plant’s male and female parts. As is common in flowers, each Silene stellata bloom forms both male and female sex organs. After measuring petal variation between plants and tracking parenthood of seeds, Juannan Zhou suspected a sexual tug-of-war. Flowers with […]

The most distant star ever spotted is 9 billion light-years away

The most distant star ever observed has been spotted, and its light comes from across two-thirds of the universe. That puts the star a whopping 9 billion light-years away. Patrick Kelly at the University of California, Berkeley and his colleagues found the star in Hubble Space Telescope images of a galaxy cluster called MACS J1149. […]

Teeny-weeny star vies for title of smallest known

An itty-bitty star, with a radius about the size of Saturn’s, is one of the smallest ever found. Known as EBLM J0555-57Ab, the star is significantly smaller than the Jupiter-sized TRAPPIST-1, a peewee star famous for hosting a septet of Earth-sized planets. And it’s comparable in size to a previously reported runt, 2MASS J0523-1403. Although the star’s […]