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Newly discovered bamboo shark species can walk

Published on 01/24/2020 @ 9 AM EST

Found east of Papua New Guinea in the Milne Bay region, the Hemiscyllium michaeli have four flat fins. They use these fins to essentially walk along the coral reef where they live. Not quite menacing, this three-foot shark may be one of the most recently evolved species.

Artificial skin recognizes when it’s touched

Published on 01/24/2020 @ 9 AM EST

Made of a jelly-like substance, new electrified artificial skin has responded to touch. There's potential that this orange epidermis could work on robots and prosthetics. Doing so would make them both much more capable of sensing their surroundings.

Niantic plans festivals for Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, & Ingress

Published on 01/23/2020 @ 10 AM EST

The 2019 round of Live Events was so successful that the company is planning even more for 2020. Four Pokémon Go festivals this year will be held in Taiwan, St. Louis, Liverpool, and Philadelphia. There will also be one Harry Potter: Wizards Unite event along with three Ingress festivals held internationally.

Images surface of new Xbox Series X

Published on 01/23/2020 @ 10 AM EST

The next generation of the gaming console may include five ports, according to leaked photos. It's no guarantee the design will stay the same until launch, but the images show Ethernet, power, USB, HDMI, and S/PDIF ports. The photos also show a USB port on the front of the new Xbox Series X.

Scientists Find That Humans Can Hibernate

Published on 01/22/2020 @ 4 PM EST

Engineer John Bradford, a researcher for NASA, stated that it's possible for humans to hibernate. While this is currently limited to other animals, astronauts may be able to use hibernation as a tool for deep-space travel. This would mean they require less food and space, thus reducing overall travel costs.

Activity Trackers May Miscalculate Steps and Sleep

Published on 01/22/2020 @ 10 AM EST

Recent research on fitness trackers found that people with atypical gaits and minimal arm movement may not receive accurate health measurements. This can also happen when people walk without moving their arms—as they would while pushing a stroller or shopping cart. These wearable fitness trackers may provide inaccurate insights into activity, heart rate, sleep, and more.