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June 14 2015

Nuts 'protect against early death'


Eating half a handful of nuts every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, a Dutch study suggests.

Previous studies had already indicated a link with cardiovascular health, but this is the first to look at specific nuts and diseases.

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June 14 2015

Needle Injects Healing Electronics into the Brain


Researchers have built a tiny mesh-like electronic sensor, rolled it up into a hypodermic needle and injected it into the brain. The device taking this fantastic electronic voyage may soon be able to zap tumors, repair damaged spinal cords or even connect parts of the brain like an artificial synapse.

The key finding is that the sensor and mesh combination is so small and bendy that it doesn’t cause any damage to the surrounding brain tissue, something that often plagues surgical procedures done with a needle, knife or other type of probe.

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June 14 2015

Soft robot tentacle can lasso an ant without harming it


Good news if you want to hold an insect rodeo. The robotic tentacle pictured above can handle tiny, fragile objects – capturing an ant without harming it.

The soft robot, developed by Jaeyoun Kim from Iowa State University and colleagues, can curl itself into a circle with a radius of just 200 micrometres. This is thanks to its microtube structure, fabricated from a kind of polymer called an elastomer.

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June 14 2015

Some Intriguing New Hints About What Ant Consciousness Is Really Like


They build cities. They farm. They make war. Ants do a lot of things that seem uncannily human — and yet they’re profoundly alien, part of a hive mind called a social organism. What does that feel like to each individual ant? Now a new scientific paper suggests that there is always doubt in the hive mind.

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June 14 2015

Spider and centipede venom evolved from insulin-like hormone


Funnel-web spider venom contains powerful neurotoxins that instantly paralyze prey (usually insects). Millions of years ago, however, this potent poison was just a hormone that helped ancestors of these spiders regulate sugar metabolism, similar to the role of insulin in humans. Surprisingly, this hormone's weaponization—described on June 11 in the journal Structure—occurred in arachnids as well as centipedes, but in different ways.

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June 14 2015

Chimps communicate by smiling like humans, share common ancestor


Not only are they partial to a drink and have been proven to enjoy cooking, chimpanzees have also been found to share the human trait of communicating by smiling, according to University of Portsmouth researchers.

Their study shows chimps and humans have even closer evolutionary ties than was previously believed.

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June 14 2015

What are you looking at? Dogs are able to follow human gaze


Dogs are known to be excellent readers of human body language in multiple situations. Surprisingly, however, scientists have so far found that dogs do not follow human gaze into distant space. Scientists investigated how this skill of dogs is influenced by aging, habituation and formal training. The outcome: Gaze following to human gaze cues did not differ over the dogs' lifespan, however, formal training was found to directly influence gaze following in dogs.

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June 13 2015

Your enemy's enemy is your dog, scientists find


Dogs do not like people who are mean to their owners and will refuse food offered by people who have snubbed their master, Japanese researchers have said.

The findings reveal that canines have the capacity to cooperate socially – a characteristic found in a relatively small number of species, including humans and some other primates.

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June 13 2015

How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds


Modern birds descended from a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods, whose members include the towering Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors. The theropods most closely related to avians generally weighed between 100 and 500 pounds — giants compared to most modern birds — and they had large snouts, big teeth, and not much between the ears. A velociraptor, for example, had a skull like a coyote’s and a brain roughly the size of a pigeon’s.


Related: Real 'Jurassic World' Scientist Says We Could Bring Back Dinosaurs As Pets

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June 13 2015

Pigeon 'chain of command' aids navigation


Having a hierarchical social structure with just a few well-connected leaders enables pigeon flocks to navigate more accurately on the wing, new research shows.

Hierarchical organisation also enables flocks to cope better with navigation errors made by individual birds.

Researchers from Oxford University and the Zoological Society of London created 'virtual flocks' of homing pigeons to test how different social networks affect the navigation performance of these groups.

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June 13 2015

Longest ever tiger shark tracking reveals remarkable, bird-like migrations


Tiger sharks are among the largest and most recognizable sharks on the planet, yet many of their habits remain mysterious because they are long-distance travelers that are hard to track. But a new study, reported in the June 9 issue of the journal Scientific Reports, has yielded the first ever continuous, two or more-year satellite tagging tracks for the animals. This study reveals remarkable, and previously unknown, migration patterns more similar to birds, turtles and some marine mammals than other fishes.

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June 13 2015

Italy’s eels have a cocaine problem


There are lots of scary-looking things in the sea: sharks, giant squids, jellyfish. But the thing we really should be scared of most is the growing trash pile swirling in our oceans. There are 5 trillion pieces of trash floating out there, and it’s ending up in the stomachs of many sea animals.

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June 13 2015

Excess Trees in Japan are Harming the Environment


Can trees cause pollution? Short answer: yes -- mismanaged forests can cause nutrient pollution. Cypress and cedar trees in Japan are causing massive amounts of nitrogen runoff into local streams, resulting in harmful algae blooms.

But, it's not exactly their fault. The trees are planted in massive, commercial plantations, many of which have mostly fallen into a state of disrepair since their establishment half a century ago, during a period of high demand for wood within Japan.

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June 13 2015

How to convert US to 100 percent renewable energy


It's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy, experts say. A new report is the first to outline how each of the 50 states can achieve such a transition by 2050. The 50 individual state plans call for aggressive changes to both infrastructure and the ways we currently consume energy, but indicate that the conversion is technically and economically possible through the wide-scale implementation of existing technologies.

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June 13 2015

How To Build A Home Fusion Reactor


The Boy Who Played with Fusion had its beginnings in 2010 when, as a contributing editor at PopSci, I discovered a small and unusual community of makers, high-energy hobbyists who were taking on both the formidable theory and the precision engineering of applied nuclear science. The idea that self-taught amateurs outside the Big Science world of billion-dollar laboratories were tinkering with nukes—fusing atomic nuclei, transmuting elements, constructing atom-smashing machines in DIY laboratories—was both intriguing and unsettling.

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June 13 2015

Need Clean Water? Just Add These Seeds


Clean, drinkable water is unfortunately out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world, contributing to a vicious cycle of poverty and disease. People who have to spend large amounts of time finding safe water to drink don't have time for other things like education or work, and contaminated water often harbors deadly diseases. But there is hope, in the form of nanotech filters, light-based water purifiers, and an ancient Egyptian seed.

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June 13 2015

Antigravity pump lifts water upwards with no power source


Carrying liquids up a hill usually involves a pump, or a lot of buckets. But now it seems water can do some of the heavy lifting itself.

Kesong Liu of Beihang University in Beijing, China, and his colleagues have developed a way to lift water with no need for an external source of energy. Although the technique only works over short distances at the moment, it could be useful for microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices that shift small amounts of water around to analyse diseases.


Related: Stanford has created a water-droplet computer

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