NAO the humanoid robot. Image credit: Jiuguang Wang via Flickr (CC by 2.0 license)

Robotic Etiquette

Touching a robot’s bottom triggers an unconscious emotional reaction – suggesting we respond to humanoid robots as if they are people, not computers.

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Artist’s impression of view from planet 1885Ab. Thought to be similar to view from KELT-4Ab. Image credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (CC by 2.0 license)

Unplanet Pregnancy Produces Three Suns

April 23, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 338

Study of alien planet reveals rare three star solar system.

Image credit: Henry Burrows via Flickr (CC by 2.0 license)

A Robot in Squid’s Clothing

April 16, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 297

Soft robots now have a new stretchy, luminescent skin – inspired by octopuses and squids that change their skin’s texture and colour to camouflage with their environments

Break on through to the other side: cancer cells moving through microscopic channels. Image from Wellcome Images via flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

A Tight Squeeze for Cancer Cells

April 9, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 305

The elephant that pushed through the front door: Michaela Mrschtik explores how cancer cells can do the unimaginable and pass through holes smaller than themselves.

Image: mesenchymal stem cells photographed by Teodora Aldea

Stem Cell Etiquette

April 2, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 348

How can we make stem cells behave the way we see fit?


The Brain’s Google Maps

March 26, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 402

Neurons in the brain that track your location activate during imagination of navigation and actual movement

Image credit: Serglo Panl via Flickr (CC BY 2.0 license)

How Longevity Varies Across Europe

March 19, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 387

Sarah Neidler looks at the surprising differences in longevity across Europe.

By Vincent Croset (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Bacteria and the Brain

March 12, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 430

Could the microbes in the gut hold the key to Autistic Spectrum Disorders?