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(CNN)A French scientist has apologized after tweeting a photo of a slice of chorizo, claiming it was an image of a distant star taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Étienne Klein, a celebrated physicist and director at France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, shared the image of the spicy Spanish sausage on Twitter last week, praising the "level of detail" it provided.
"Picture of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years away from us. It was taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. This level of detail... A new world is unveiled everyday," he told his more than 91,000 followers on Sunday.

    Photo de Proxima du Centaure, l'étoile la plus proche du Soleil, située à 4,2 année-lumière de nous.
    Elle a été prise par le JWST.
    Ce niveau de détails... Un nouveau monde se dévoile jour après jour.

    — Etienne KLEIN (@EtienneKlein) July 31, 2022 The post was retweeted and commented upon by thousands of users, who took the scientist by his word.
      Things, however, were not quite as they seemed. Read MoreKlein admitted later in a series of follow-up tweets that the image was, in fact, a close-up of a slice of chorizo taken against a black background. "Well, when it's cocktail hour, cognitive bias seem to find plenty to enjoy... Beware of it. According to contemporary cosmology, no object related to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere else other than on Earth"
        Rare type of galaxy dazzles in new Webb telescope imageAfter facing a backlash from members of the online community for the prank, he wrote: "In view of certain comments, I feel obliged to specify that this tweet showing an alleged picture of Proxima Centauri was a joke. Let's learn to be wary of the arguments from positions of authority as much as the spontaneous eloquence of certain images."On Wednesday, Klein apologized for the hoax, saying his intention was "to urge caution regarding images that seem to speak for themselves."
          In a bid to make amends, he posted an image of the spectacular Cartwheel galaxy, assuring followers that this time the photo was genuine. The Webb telescope, the most powerful telescope ever launched into space, officially began scientific operations on July 12. It will be able to peer inside the atmospheres of exoplanets and observe some of the first galaxies created after the universe began by viewing them through infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye.

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          Creepy curved space robot does ‘the impossible’ and ‘defies laws of physics’

          A CREEPY curved space robot does “the impossible” and defies laws of physics”, which could mean new technologic discoveries in locomotion. 

          The robot, engineered at the Georgia Institute of Technology, reportedly defies the law of motion “that a stationary object cannot move without exchanging momentum with its environment.”

          2A team of engineers created a robot that 'defies the laws of physics'Credit: Georgia Tech

          The team published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [PNAS]. 

          Instead of flat mechanisms, the robot makes use of curved space. 

          “We let our shape-changing object move on the simplest curved space, a sphere, to systematically study the motion in curved space,” said lead researcher Zeb Rocklin.

          “We learned that the predicted effect, which was so counter-intuitive it was dismissed by some physicists, indeed occurred: as the robot changed its shape, it inched forward around the sphere in a way that could not be attributed to environmental interactions.”

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          To make sure the effects of the curved parts were dominated, the team had to isolate the robot as much as possible from outside forces. 

          This was done to ensure little interaction or a change of momentum with the environment. 

          The curved space was created by placing a set of motors drive on curved tracks, which were then attached to a rotating shaft to create a spherical space. 

          To alleviate friction, air bearings and bushings were used and gravity was lowered by aligning the rotating shaft with the Earth’s gravity. 

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          The robot was only slightly affected by friction and gravity but both seemed to cross-breed with its curved parts, producing a strange dynamic that could not have been created on its own. 

          Rocklin hopes the methods used by the team will lead to more experimental investigations of curved space. 

          He believes it can be used to eventually navigate the highly curved space around black holes. 

          “This research also relates to the ‘Impossible Engine’ study,” said Rocklin. 

          “Its creator claimed that it could move forward without any propellant. That engine was indeed impossible, but because spacetime is very slightly curved, a device could actually move forward without any external forces or emitting a propellant – a novel discovery.”

          2Zeb Rocklin hopes the methods used by the team will lead to more experimental investigations of curved spaceCredit: Georgia Tech

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