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Real-Life Transformer: Robotic Bug Springs to Life
{Aug. 07, 2014}
The latest advancement in robotics may not look like much — just a few small batteries attached to a flat sheet of paper — but there's much more to this new contraption than meets the eye.If you look long enough, you'll see the sheet of paper start to move, transforming itself with a few crisp folds. First, legs emerge, and then batteries are lifted off the ground, onto the back of what now looks like a small robotic bug. Within minutes, the futuristic insect is moving, crawling around on four legs and turning as if it knows just where it's headed.

What to wear on Mars
{July 03, 2014}
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has just revealed its Z-2 space suit. Though its styling suggests 1980s sci-fi, this astronaut apparel has been designed for the future. It is the second mock-up of a suit that NASA hopes will eventually protect explorers walking on Mars or drilling into an asteroid. “Space suit design is [based] on where you’re going and what you’re doing,” explains Amy Ross. A space suit designer, she works at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.One of the Z-2’s most important features is its lower-body flexibility. This suit allows astronauts to walk, climb and crouch as they explore extraterrestrial landscapes.By November, NASA should have a prototype ready for testing. It will host Tron-like, blue luminescent patches. Why? These were selected by the public in an Internet poll.

High School Students Being Recruited By Silicon Valley Firms
{July 09, 2014}
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has come under heat in recent years for scouting players at the high school level and as a result the league has imposed age rules on drafting players. Now Silicon Valley tech giants are the ones that are eyeing a very different type of high school talent.On Tuesday Bloomberg reported that Facebook is just one of several tech companies rolling out the red carpet in an effort to recruit summer interns. Bloomberg’s Sarah Frier reported that Facebook flew out 17-year-old Michael Sayman, along with his mother, to meet CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg as an effort to woo the recent high school grad for the summer.

DARPA's Most Challenging Robot Contest Set for June 2015
{June 26, 2014}
Will robots ever be able to save the day in the aftermath of a tsunami or nuclear meltdown? The U.S. military has been trying to find out. Through its Robotics Challenge, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has pushed teams of engineers to build machines that can carry out a series of tricky tasks and navigate a grueling obstacle course in a mock disaster zone.

Mercury: A beautiful but poisonous metal
{Nov. 29, 2013}
Mercury is the quixotic bad boy of the periodic table - exquisitely beautiful, but deadly. The ancients believed it was the "first matter" from which all other metals were formed. Yet it is now in such disfavour that an international treaty exists to curb its use. It is easy to see why mercury holds such fascination. It is the only metal to be liquid at room temperature. It is also one of the few things that reacts with that most alluring of all the elements: gold. The process is extraordinary to see. In his laboratory at University College London, chemistry professor Andrea Sella peels off a fragile leaf of gold and places it on a shimmering ball of mercury. Before my eyes the gold gradually vanishes, folding itself around the silver blob like bed sheets, before dissolving away.

Adorable Mammal Is The First New Carnivore Species Discovered In 35 Years
{Aug. 21, 2013}
With its large brown eyes, fluffy red-orange hair and bushy tail, the Olinguito could easily be mistaken for a stuffed teddy bear. But this cute as a button mammal that belongs to the raccoon family is very much alive and extremely precious - That's because it is the first new carnivore to be 'discovered' in the western hemisphere in over three decades. According to Kristofer Helgen, the curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, finding a new mammal species is rare to begin with, but finding a carnivore is extremely so, thanks to the fact that Carnivora is the most well-researched order in the animal kingdom.

Amputated ‘finger’ tips grow back
{June 27, 2013}
Cut your fingernails and they will grow back. For some people — especially children — that’s also true of fingertips: Cut them off and they may well come back. Scientists have now investigated why, thankfully using mice. Both nails and toe tips regrow thanks to special cells found under the base of each nail, they find. The same may also hold true for people, says Mayumi Ito, who led the new study. She researches these special cells at New York University Langone Medical Center. Her team’s findings suggest that in the future, doctors might use those special cells to treat people with amputated limbs or misshapen nails. The idea that animals can regrow, or regenerate, fingertips and nails is hardly new. But regeneration occurs only when some part of the nail remains on the finger. To probe why, Ito and her coworkers looked for the cells responsible.

Biologically inspired robots travel — naturally
{June 19, 2013}
When Dan Goldman was 12, lizards were pretty much the center of his universe. He was fascinated by how they looked, how they behaved — and especially how they moved. Now a physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Goldman still loves lizards, which explains his latest work. He is studying the locomotion, or movement, of the sandfish. Despite its name, this animal is a lizard. It lives in the deserts of North Africa.















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