Category Archives: Science

HyQ2Max: the robot you can't keep down

By Matthew Stock Robots that can venture into disaster zones in place of humans need to be tough enough to cope in hazardous environments. So far, the only viable robots…

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Huh? Could Cleaner Air Be Worsening Global Warming?

SAN FRANCISCO — It may seem counterintuitive, yet cleaner air could actually be exacerbating global warming trends. The soot & other particles that make up air pollution tend to scatter…

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'Writable' Circuits Could Let Scientists Draw Electronics into Existence

Scientists have developed a way to produce soft, flexible & stretchy electronic circuits & radio antennas by hand, simply by writing on specially designed sheets of material. This technique could…

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Venomous Sea Snake Washes Up on California Beach, Surprising Scientists

A venomous sea snake washed up on a Southern California beach recently, striking fear in the hearts of beachgoers yet eliciting excitement from the scientists who study these marine reptiles….

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Pocket-Size Device Turns Smartphone into a High-Powered Microscope

Ever wonder what weird microorganisms are crawling around on your kitchen counter? Or, perhaps you'd like a close-up view of those dust bunnies in the corner of your room. Well,…

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The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries of 2015

Every year, scientists wade into jungles, deserts & museum collections to examine animals and, if they're lucky, discover a new species. For instance, in 2015 researchers identified a ruby-red sea…

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Curbing Premature Birth May Hinge on a Single Molecule

Blocking a molecule in the uterus could delay or even halt premature birth, the leading cause of death & disability of newborns worldwide, according to a new study in rodents….

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Stem Cells May Save Northern White Rhinos

With only three northern white rhinoceroses left on Earth, conservationists are giving up on traditional breeding efforts & turning to cutting-edge science to save this subspecies. At a meeting in…

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US Twin Birthrate Hits All-Time High

The U.S. twin birthrate reached a record high in 2014, a new report finds. The country's twin birthrate hit 33.9 twins per 1,000 births in 2014, up from 33.7 twins…

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Ding dong wobbly and bright

By Jim Drury Christmas bells ringing out are a popular feature of the festive season. Colorful images showing their vibration in unprecedented detail have been released by the University of…

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