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NASA's Curiosity Offers 360-degree View of Mars

February 9, 2016 12:11 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

Thanks to a 360 degree image published by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, anyone can explore the terrain of Mars from the comfort of their home here on Earth.

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Intelligent Socks Help Prevent Diabetic Amputations

January 27, 2016 2:10 pm | by THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM | Comments

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage associated with the development of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes. With SenseGO, changes in pressure due to incorrect posture, anatomical deformation or ill-fitting shoes are registered as electrical signals that are relayed to a smartphone app, which in turn informs the patient of developing risk.

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CRISPR Used to Repair Blindness-causing Genetic Defect in Patient-derived Stem Cells

January 27, 2016 9:42 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

Scientists have used a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR, to repair a genetic mutation responsible for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited condition that causes the retina to degrade and leads to blindness in at least 1.5 million cases worldwide.

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Pen-sized Microscope Could ID Cancer Cells in Doctor’s Offices, OR

January 26, 2016 8:59 am | by University of Washington | Comments

A handheld, miniature microscope being developed by University of Washington mechanical engineers could allow surgeons to "see" at a cellular level in the operating room and determine where to stop cutting. The handheld microscope, roughly the size of a pen, combines technologies in a novel way to deliver high-quality images at faster speeds than existing devices.

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'Spermbots' Assist in Fertilization

January 13, 2016 8:49 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Sperm that don’t swim well rank high among the main causes of infertility. In an attempt to improve the odds, scientists have developed motorized “spermbots” that can deliver poor swimmers — that are otherwise healthy — to an egg.

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The Unexpected Chemistry of Honey

January 12, 2016 2:41 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

What most people don't know about honey is that during the trip from the flower in the field to the jar on your table, honey spends an awful lot of time in a bee's gut.

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Tiny Chameleons Pack Biggest Punch

January 4, 2016 12:56 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

When it comes to tongue-slinging chameleons, the smallest organisms pack the biggest punch. A study analyzed the speed and power of a variety of chameleon species to determine how body size affects the tongues’ power output.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: More than Just the Winter Blues

December 22, 2015 2:01 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

As the days get shorter, darker and colder, people seem to be getting gloomier. For folks with seasonal affective disorder, the changing seasons can make them sadder than most, to the point of depression. Why does this happen?

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Stretchable, Wearable Sensor Made from Chewing Gum

December 2, 2015 8:52 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Body sensors, which were once restricted to doctors’ offices, have come a long way. They now allow any wearer to easily track heart rate, steps and sleep cycles around the clock. Soon, they could become even more versatile — with the help of chewing gum.

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Laser Mapping of Lincoln Cathedral Uncovers Architectural Secrets

December 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by University of Nottingham | Comments

A powerful laser scanner has been used by experts to capture a detailed, virtual record of the interior of Lincoln Cathedral and reveal clues to its architectural past. Existing floor plans for the historic monument are in excess of a century-old and do not accurately represent the building as it stands today.

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Weird Science: Pigeons Look at Mammograms, Diagnose Cancer

November 19, 2015 11:03 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Eight pigeons stood in little boxes for weeks, looking at mammograms, pecking at the screen to diagnose whether breast masses are malignant or benign. Using the flock’s aggregate intelligence, they reached accuracies of 99 percent in picking out the most dangerous tumors.

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The Chemistry Behind a Human's Last Moments

October 30, 2015 12:21 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

As Halloween approaches, you may be watching more horror flicks. The fear you feel as you watch a victim die, the screams you make when the killer jumps out on screen--these responses are surprisingly similar to those of the poor victim in the movie.

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First Insect-sized, Aerial Aquatic Robot Developed

October 29, 2015 1:58 pm | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Comments

In 1939, a Russian engineer proposed a “flying submarine” -- a vehicle that can seamlessly transition from air to water and back again. Engineers have been trying to design functional aerial-aquatic vehicles for decades with little success. Now, engineers may be one step closer to the elusive flying submarine.

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Soft Robot Changes Color as it Grips, Walks

October 15, 2015 8:57 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Soft robots can bend, walk and grip. And, unlike their rigid counterparts, some can get flattened and bounce back into shape. Now scientists report a new advance: a way to make elastic material for soft robots that changes color when it stretches.

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Naturally Derived, Nontoxic Flame Retardant Developed

October 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans.

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