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Bioinspired tube robot can sneak round corners and turn on taps

It sounds nightmarish, but a robot that "grows" like a plant at speeds of up to 35 kilometres per hour could be surprisingly useful

Robot physical therapist helps people walk again after a stroke

A robotic harness controlled by a neural network can adjust a person’s balance and muscle activity to help them walk normally after a spinal injury or stroke

First dogs may have been extremely sociable wolves

Wolves and dogs that are friendliest to people carry mutations in genes with links to sociability, backing the idea that this was key in dog domestication

How the opioid crisis may have saved US healthcare

Though Republicans in the US hold both Congress and the White House, Obamacare will not be repealed, meaning continued healthcare for millions of Americans

New algorithm, metrics improve autonomous underwater vehicles' energy efficiency

(Oregon State University) Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better.

First Australians may have arrived much earlier than we thought

Stone axes and the remains of fireplaces found in northern Australia appear to date to 65,000 years ago, adding 15,000 years to Australia's human prehistory

The First Australians Arrived 65,000 Years Ago

New archaeological evidence supports an idea previously suggested by genetic studies: The first humans arrived in Australia at least 65,000 years ago. This earlier arrival date means humans were present Down Under before its widespread...Show More Summary

Vaccine rejection and hesitancy examined: Effect of calls to promote vaccination

The center of a public health debate is whether parents should have their children vaccinated. Researchers challenge statements made by influential individuals who oppose the widespread use of vaccines.

'Shadow network' keeps communities safe from deadly volcano

'Shadow networks' linking volunteers with authorities can help keep some of the millions of people living near dangerous volcanoes safer, suggests a new study. These informal networks see community members working in close collaboration with scientists and government officials on monitoring, communications, training and evacuation processes.

Heat tweet: Users flock to Twitter when temperatures rise

For more than a decade, people have used social media to express themselves and inform and engage users across the globe. Now, a new study by Florida State University researchers examines the impact rising temperatures have on Twitter activity, and how government officials use the social media tool to warn the general public of heatwave conditions.

Boy Tripped While Hiking, Made Big Find in the Process

Luck came not once, but twice for Jude Sparks. The then-9-year-old was lucky enough to trip not on a rock, or a tree root, but on a 1.2-million-year-old fossil when trying to dash away from his brothers on a November desert hike with his family. And as New Mexico...

Earth’s underwater dunes help explain Venus’s weird surface

Some of the properties of wind and dust on Venus may be similar to those of water and sediment at the bottom of our oceans

Are magnets the secret to Elastigirl's powers?

(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) Under certain conditions, the magnetic properties of a material can predict the relationship between its elasticity and temperature, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicist has found. Given the ease...Show More Summary

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Memories begin when your neurons respond to outside stimuli—and compound to rewire your brain.

Urbanization, electricity are not to blame for sleep loss

The sleeping patterns of people from two neighboring communities in Mozambique – the small electrified urban town Milange and the non-electrified rural community Tengua -- were the focus of a recent sleep study.

Artifacts suggest humans arrived in Australia earlier than thought

When and how the first humans made their way to Australia has been an evolving story.

An app a day keeps the doctor away

Healthcare is poised for an upheaval, with the arrival of artificially intelligent health apps that could replace visits to the doctor

We could build a galactic internet but it may take 300,000 years

By using the timing of planets’ orbits around their stars, all the advanced civilizations that may exist in the Milky Way could communicate

Nanoparticles could spur better LEDs, invisibility cloaks

(University of Michigan) In an advance that could boost the efficiency of LED lighting by 50 percent and even pave the way for invisibility cloaking devices, a team of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new technique that peppers metallic nanoparticles into semiconductors.

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