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Harvard scientists successfully make fly-like robots that can hover, fly around

US scientists have devised tiny winged robots inspired by flies that could one day help pollinate crops or aid the search for survivors at collapse sites — once they get off the leash, that is. The prototypes by researchers at Harvard University weigh 80 milligrams and have managed short controlled…

Scientists warn Chinese-made air-transmissible bybrid bird flu puts humanity at risk

Immunologists expressed concern Friday about the “dangerous” work of scientists in China who created a hybrid bird flu virus that can spread in the air between guinea pigs, and now lives in a lab freezer. The team from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Gansu Agricultural University wrote in…

Study finds genetic similarities between different types of aggressive cancers

Some of the most devastating forms of cancer have genetic similarities even though they strike different body parts, according to new studies out Thursday. The new research — one study focused on a form of leukemia, in the New England Journal of Medicine, and a second on endometrial cancer, in…

Flight of the RoboBee: Researchers hope ‘drones’ could serve as a robotic pollinator for plants

Five individual robotic flies of identical design are shown alongside a U.S. penny for scale, demonstrating that the manufacturing process facilitates repeatability and mass production.(Courtesy of Kevin Ma, Pakpong Chirarattananon) A robotic fly with a body not much taller than a penny standing on…  …

Solar-powered aircraft to make first cross-continental flight in U.S.

An innovative solar-powered aircraft is set to launch from California Friday on a flight across the United States, aiming to showcase what is possible without fossil fuels. The experimental Solar Impulse plane — with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but the weight of a small car — bears 12,000…

Insecticide linked to extreme spike in dragonfly and snail die-offs

Dutch research reveals correlation between water polluted with imidacloprid and low numbers of aquatic insects The world’s most widely used insecticide is devastating dragonflies, snails and other water-based species, a groundbreaking Dutch study has revealed. On Monday, the insecticide and two others were banned for two years from use on some crops…

New ‘Porn Studies’ academic journal to debut next spring

By John Dugdale, The Guardian First peer-reviewed journal invites experts to contribute in time for spring debut Porn Studies needs your contributions. The Routledge academic periodical will debut next spring, and a call for papers appeared this week soliciting submissions for “the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore…

Scientists develop device that can detect oncoming seizures in epilepsy patients

A tiny device implanted in the brain of epilepsy sufferers has for the fist time been able to predict the onset of seizures, scientists reported on Thursday. The potentially life-saving device works with electrodes that monitor electrical activity on the brain surface, they wrote in The Lancet Neurology. The electrodes…

Lab tests: Most ground turkey has poop in it

A series of lab tests conducted by Consumer Reports finds that most ground turkey tested was contaminated by the kinds of fecal bacteria that can sicken humans who eat it. A full 69 percent of samples contained enterococcus bacteria, while 60 percent had escherichia coli, both of which are associated…

Scientists use 3D printer to create ‘bionic ear’ that hears better than you

Scientists at Princeton University announced Wednesday that they have created a “bionic ear” that has abilities beyond the normal human range of hearing. Using a 3D printer filled with cells and hydrogel, they fashioned a synthetic ear matched to the dimensions of a human’s ear that merges its biological components…

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