Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now, a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers.
On this edition of LabChat, Editor Michelle Taylor delves into the effect toxic heavy metals have on our environment, including land, water and food.
“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Apollo 11 yesterday, Next Giant Leap tomorrow “Houston, Tranquility Base here – the Eagle has landed.”
Physicists are working to bring the theory that parallel universes exist— called the multiverse hypothesis— firmly into the realm of testable science.
Researchers have a better understanding of the asteroid Vesta and its internal structure, thanks to numerical simulations and data from the space mission Dawn. Their findings question contemporary models of rocky planet formation, including that of Earth.
In this video, ACS examines four scientific facts about money. Did you know those dollar bills in your pocket have a hint of cocaine on them? Or that there are hidden inks and features to prevent counterfeiting? These are just a couple fascinating facts about money to make you scientifically richer.
Regeneration is one of the most tantalizing areas of biological research, raising many questions. Four professors are now undertaking the basic scientific research needed to begin unraveling the mysteries. Each of them approaches the problem from a different angle, focusing on different aspects of regeneration and using different vertebrate models.
In the movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now, a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between hard and soft states, could allow even low-cost robots to perform the same feat.
The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains.
New research suggests that physical conditions at the air-sea interface— where the ocean and atmosphere meet— is a key component to improve forecast models. The study offers a new method to aid in-storm intensity prediction of hurricanes.
The full moon on Saturday will appear to be unusually big. In fact, it will be a "supermoon." The moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side— perigee— about 50,000 km closer than the other— apogee. Full moons that occur on the perigee side of the moon's orbit seem 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than regular full moons.
“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Aquarius maps soil moisture
A stunning video based on fossils of a 410-million-year-old arachnid– one of the first predators on land– recreates the animal walking. Scientists used the fossils– thin slices of rock showing the animal’s cross-section– to work out the range of motion in the limbs of this ancient, extinct early relative of spiders.
Scientists working with data from NASA's Aquarius instrument have released worldwide maps of soil moisture, showing how the wetness of the land fluctuates with the seasons and weather phenomena.
CT scans of two newborn woolly mammoths recovered from the Siberian Arctic are revealing previously inaccessible details about the early development of prehistoric pachyderms. In addition, the X-ray images show that both creatures died from suffocation after inhaling mud.