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Watch: How Cockroaches Are Helping Scientists Design Better Robots

Cockroaches can recover their footing before their nervous systems even kick in to tell them how, according to new research. This means their legs recover passively, without needing instructions from the command center–a ...
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World’s Sexiest Octopus Ostracized By Biologists

In 1991, a biologist named Arcadio Rodaniche published a short abstract describing a new species of octopus he had discovered in Panama. This new octopus, Rodaniche claimed, had a lifestyle quite unlike any other species of its...
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Insect Wings: Nature’s Most Violent Antimicrobial? [Video]

Cicadas are best known here in North America for only emerging from deep underground in huge swaths once every 17 years, but periodical cicadas aren’t the only unusual insect in their family. One species, the Clanger cica...
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Watch This Unbelievable Robot Hand Tie A Shoe

We’ve covered our share of prosthetic hands here, but we don’t always get to see them in action. This hand, the bebionic3, actually shows it doing some of the stuff you’d think it might: tying shoes, dealing c...
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5 Classic (Read: Fabulously Corny) Pi Jokes

1. What do you get when you divide a Holstein’s circumference by its diameter? A: Cow pi! Variations: What do you get when you divide a jack-o’-lantern’s circumference by its diameter? What do you get when you...
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180,000 Deaths A Year Around The World Linked To Sugary Drinks

While the science linking sugary drinks with obesity and illness is still uncertain, one new study has come up with a number: 180,000 deaths a year worldwide may be associated with sodas, sports drinks, fruit drinks and other s...
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Climate-Fixing Scheme To Seed The Seas With Iron May Not Work

At least one high-stakes idea for reversing the effects of global warming might not work, according to a new study. Over the past few years, some scientists have brought up the idea of “geo-engineering” the Earth wi...
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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama Lets You Explore Mars As If You Were Standing Next To Curiosity

If you were standing next to the Mars rover Curiosity, this is what you’d see. Estonian photographer and editor Andrew Bodrov stitched together 407 images from two Curiosity cameras to come up with this interactive panorama. ...
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9 Revolutionary Elevators From The Otis Elevator Company

Click here to enter the gallery Elisha Otis, inventor of the world’s first elevator safety brake, founded the Otis Elevator Company 160 years ago today. The innovative company has not only made skyscrapers (and thus moder...
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