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Could flying robots with bubble guns save us all?

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Japanese scientists say that flying robots with bubble guns could save the planet. Endangered bees are critical to all of our existences, but Eijiro Miyako, of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Nomi, says the small robots could do their pollination job for them. He says: “It sounds somewhat like fantasy but the… soap bubble allows effective pollination.”

Giant egg from 66m years ago found

A 66 million-year-old football-sized egg has been discovered In Antarctica. “It is from an animal the size of a large dinosaur, but it is completely unlike a dinosaur egg,” said an expert. “It is most similar to the eggs of lizards and snakes, but it is from a truly giant relative of these animals.”

Strange rhythms heard from space  

Researchers have detected strange, repeating rhythms in blasts of energy coming from outer space. Researchers still do not know the source of those bursts, which are known as fast radio bursts, or what is causing them. However, they believe they must come from a very extreme, intense part of the universe.

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