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The Quest to Make a Robotic Cat Walk With Artificial Neurons

Want to create machines that move more naturally? Maybe start by replicating the spinal cord.
South by Southwest Festival Goes From Tech Back-Slapping to Brooding Introspection

South by Southwest Festival Goes From Tech Back-Slapping to Brooding Introspection

The South by Southwest festival is normally a celebration of technology and a frenzied search for the hottest new startup. This year's event will be dominated by somber assessments of the industry's
How Two Balkan Rivals Are Messing With Europe’s Sense of Time

How Two Balkan Rivals Are Messing With Europe’s Sense of Time

Why should a Portuguese teacher or a German baker care about a political scuffle in the Balkans? It could make them late for work.
Stephanie Rickard Says There Is Still Potential for a Trade War

Stephanie Rickard Says There Is Still Potential for a Trade War

Stephanie Rickard, associate professor of political science at The London School of Economics, discusses the Trump administration's trade policy and possibilities of a trade war. She appears Matt

This orchid has at least 7 camouflaged predators on it

Imagine being a bug or small bird who spots a beautiful orchid, only to learn upon closer inspection that it's covered in bugs who want to eat you. (more…)
New Sensor Measures Blood Pressure While You Hold Your Phone

New Sensor Measures Blood Pressure While You Hold Your Phone

You're probably holding the phone for a few hours per day, so it might as well gather some health data while you do it. The post New Sensor Measures Blood Pressure While You Hold Your Phone appeared
ESA-led team test fires air-breathing electric thruster for satellites

ESA-led team test fires air-breathing electric thruster for satellites

A team of researchers led by the ESA have fired a new type of thruster that could allow satellites to fly in very low Earth orbits for years at a time. The new thruster is an air-breathing ion

The Dot Power Platform Could Transform Farming Technology

The multitalented Dot Power Platform could raise crop yields 70 percent by 2050.
ESA-led team test fires air-breathing electric thruster for satellites

ESA-led team test fires air-breathing electric thruster for satellites

A team of researchers led by the ESA have fired a new type of thruster that could allow satellites to fly in very low Earth orbits for years at a time. The new thruster is an air-breathing ion

How WhatsApp Could Worsen Brazil’s Yellow Fever Outbreak

As Brazil's health authorities scramble to contain the worst yellow fever outbreak in decades, WhatsApp’s misinformation trade threatens to go from destabilizing to deadly.
Federal Judge demands unprecedented 5-hour climate change lesson

Federal Judge demands unprecedented 5-hour climate change lesson

San Francisco and Oakland are battling the world's oil giants in federal court for knowingly producing fossil fuels whose emissions have triggered sea level rise. The two coastal cities argue that oil
Biologists Still Uncertain About Evolutionary Function Of Ugly People

Biologists Still Uncertain About Evolutionary Function Of Ugly People

HINXTON, ENGLAND—Convening this week for an annual conference to discuss the role of unseemly physical traits in natural selection, researchers from around the globe reportedly remained divided on the
Deadly superbug just got scarier—it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug

Deadly superbug just got scarier—it can mysteriously thwart last-resort drug

It's the first time researchers have seen colistin-heteroresistant germs in the US.
Study finds that false news spreads faster than truth online, thanks to humans (not bots)

Study finds that false news spreads faster than truth online, thanks to humans (not bots)

An MIT research team has published a paper in Science detailing their analysis of the virulence with which truth and falsehood spread on Twitter; they analyzed 126,000 stories tweeted by 3m people
NASA HAMMER project may use nuke to deal with nearby asteroids

NASA HAMMER project may use nuke to deal with nearby asteroids

Perhaps the proposal to blow up an inbound asteroid using a nuke isn’t so bizarre after all. Researchers and agencies all over the world have spent years developing concepts for redirecting or
What do nerve agents do and how hard are they to make?

What do nerve agents do and how hard are they to make?

The ingredients for the lethal substances apparently involved in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal are easy to obtain and are usually absorbed quickly through the skin or inhalationAfter days of
Scientists figured out how to keep lighting from hitting planes by charging them ahead of time

Scientists figured out how to keep lighting from hitting planes by charging them ahead of time

An unexpected bolt of lightning can easily startle you if it strikes the ground nearby, and high-flying planes aren't immune to the issue either. When lightning strikes an aircraft it can cause some
Nanoparticle eyedrops could eliminate the need for glasses

Nanoparticle eyedrops could eliminate the need for glasses

Getting glasses is something of a bittersweet life event. You can now see much better than you previously could, but keeping glasses clean and protecting them at all costs is definitely a bit of a
Whoa, like, Jupiter is DEEP. Really, really deep.

Whoa, like, Jupiter is DEEP. Really, really deep.

Scientists studying Jupiter using data and observations from the Juno spacecraft just released four new papers on their results, and I honestly can't say what's cooler: the science, or the

Spy assassinations: The top five deadly poisons

UK investigators have not yet confirmed what substance poisoned Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in a shocking attack that has left them both in critical condition. DW looks at