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Artificial fingertip that 'feels' wins international robotics competition

(University of Bristol) An open-source 3-D-printed fingertip that can 'feel' in a similar way to the human sense of touch has won an international Soft Robotics competition for its contribution to soft robotics research.

World's 2nd 3-Parent Baby Is Here, but for Different Reason

Another reported first in the nascent world of three-parent babies: an infant born to a previously infertile couple, the BBC reports. The baby born Jan. 5 in Ukraine was created via pronuclear transfer, explained in more detail by New Scientist : The mother's egg and a donor's egg are both fertilized...

NTU Singapore and NXP Semiconductors launch Singapore's first Smart Mobility consortium

(Nanyang Technological University) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and NXP Semiconductors N.V., the world-leading automotive semiconductor supplier in secure connected cars, have launched Singapore's first Smart Mobility Consortium to focus on testing and developing smart mobility technologies.

New ideas on gravity would vanquish dark matter

New ideas on gravity predict rotation curves of galaxies without dark matter.

Ancient Egyptian “pot burials” are not what they seem

A new interpretation of why people buried their dead in food jars 5,500 years ago.

Virgin Birth: Zebra Shark Has Babies Without Mating

A zebra shark at an Australian aquarium had pups even after living in isolation from males for years.

Victims’ Families Sue Japan for Failing to Warn of Eruption

Families of some of the victims of the 2014 eruption of Mt. Ontake are suing the local government, claiming that they downplayed the volcano's threat. The post Victims’ Families Sue Japan for Failing to Warn of Eruption appeared first on WIRED.

New method to diagnose cancer

An international group of scientists has created a new approach to the diagnostics of breast cancer with the help of nanoparticles of porous silicone.

How the FDA Will Help Lead the Next Medical Revolution

Smart regulation and early engagement with developers can foster innovation, says FDA commissioner Robert Califf. The post How the FDA Will Help Lead the Next Medical Revolution appeared first on WIRED.

North Carolina Would Lose Big With Scott Pruitt Leading the EPA

From sea level rise to polluted stormwater drainage, the state faces a host of environmental conflicts that rely on the EPA. And Pruitt's agency would be a toothless one. The post North Carolina Would Lose Big With Scott Pruitt Leading the EPA appeared first on WIRED.

Talking to children about STEM fields boosts test scores and career interest

A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.

Motivation of students in special education improves if they use gestures with computers

The motivation for and involvement in learning among students with special educational needs improve through the use of gestural movements of the body rather than devices such as the mouse or the keyboard when they interact with computer programs of a pedagogical nature. Show More Summary

From offense to defense in ecology and politics

As online social networks grow, it gets easier to turn our own social circles into echo chambers of the like-minded or heated debates across ideological divides, as we please. In a working group happening now, SFI researchers are asking...Show More Summary

Shark study reveals taste buds were key to evolution of teeth

The first creatures to evolve teeth didn't have jaws. Many scientists believe these ancient fish developed the first tooth-like structures on their skin that were similar to the "denticle" scales that still cover sharks today, even after 500m years of evolution. Show More Summary

Unique project to improve life for young people with disabilities

Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, professor of education at the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, has been awarded nearly 8 million from the Swedish Research Council for the project PAL. The project aims to identify educational...Show More Summary

Why learn spelling or maths if there's an app for that?

There is no doubt that digital technologies have disrupted our modes of teaching. The resources and inputs into teaching have changed to incorporate computer-aided approaches such as "flipped" classrooms, mobile-phone-enabled interactions, video capturing of lectures and enhanced mixed realities.

Mapping the multiverse: How far away is your parallel self?

There seems to be an infinity of invisible worlds lurking out there. Now we’re starting to get a handle on where they are, and what it might take to reach them

First baby born using 3-parent technique to treat infertility

These are the first photos of a girl born in Kiev who was made using a mitochondrial replacement technique to get around her mother’s infertility problems

Unpaid work experience rife in Australia – report

Unpaid work experience is widespread in Australia, with more than half of young adults having undertaken an unpaid placement, according to research conducted for the Federal Government's Department of Employment.

New research suggests location-based games influence our perception of culture

With the introduction of location-based games such as Google's Ingress or, more recently, Pokémon Go, an influx of gamers equipped with mobile devices appeared around the country. While the primary focus of players is catching Pokémon...Show More Summary

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