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For Chemistry, Seeing is Believeing

Atomic force microscopy can provide highly detailed information on chemical systems, giving us important new insights into how chemical reactions occur.

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Tornadoes and Flesh-Eating Fungi

May 21, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 203

How could a tornado be responsible for an outbreak of a rare flesh-eating fungal infection?

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Single-Cell Learning

May 14, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 123

Slime mold may not have a nervous system – but it is the first single-cell organism to show an ability to learn, demonstrating a simple type of learning called habituation.

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New labels tell you how much exercise will burn off your food

May 7, 2016 • Snippets • Views: 392

In January the UK Royal Society for Public Health proposed a new labelling system that would show images with information on how much exercise you would need to burn off the calories contained within food products.

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Robotic Etiquette

April 30, 2016 • Snippets, Technology • Views: 154

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

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: 418

Study of alien planet reveals rare three star solar system.

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A Robot in Squid’s Clothing

April 16, 2016 • Physical Sciences, Snippets • Views: 354

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

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A Tight Squeeze for Cancer Cells

April 9, 2016 • Life Sciences, Snippets • Views: 394

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.