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Self-Healing Robot Muscles May Revolutionize Prosthetic Limbs For Amputees

Robotic muscles called HASEL actuators that can heal from electrical damage hold potential in revolutionizing prosthetics. What are its properties that make it comparable to human muscles and nerves?

Robotics January 12, 2018

Extraterrestrial Stone Found In Egypt Contains Compounds Not Found Elsewhere In The Solar System

The Hypatia stone found in Egypt contains compounds not found elsewhere on Earth and even the Solar System. Analysis revealed it also contains minerals that appear to be older than the Sun.

Space January 10, 2018

Magic Mushroom Treats Depression Without Emotional Numbing Effects Of Antidepressants

The main psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms helps alleviate symptoms of depression. Unlike SSRI antidepressants, however, psilocybin does not cause emotional numbing but instead enhances emotional receptivity.

Neuroscience January 8, 2018

The Ocean Floor Is Sinking Due To Additional Water Weight From Melting Glaciers

The bottom of the ocean is sinking, warping and deforming because of added water weight from melting glaciers. What does this say about estimated extent of sea level rise?

Earth/Environment January 8, 2018

Parents In Portuguese Village Encourage Young Children To Smoke At Epiphany Festival

Parents in the village of Vale de Salgueiro in Portugal give cigarettes to children as young as 5 years old during the annual Epiphany celebrations. Why do they do this?

Feature | Health January 7, 2018

Human Brains Have 'Wi-Fi' That Can Explain People's Gut Feelings

A phenomenon called the interbrain could explain our gut feelings and why people have a hard time maintaining eye contact in certain situations. This may also explain why laughter is infectious.

Neuroscience January 7, 2018

Bonobos Like Bullies Who Harass And Steal From Others

Unlike humans who prefer nice people over mean ones, bonobos were found to prefer bullies over the nice guys. Why do these apes like individuals who showed bad behavior?

Animals January 5, 2018

Bangkok Hospital Offers Penis Whitening Laser Treatment For Men

A hospital in Bangkok started to offer a laser treatment to change the pigmentation of the penis' skin. Most of the clients belong to Thailand's LGBTQ community. Is the procedure safe?

Feature | Health January 5, 2018

Rise Of Perfectionism Among Millennials May Lead To Depression, Eating Disorders

Researchers who looked at the data of 40,000 college students found that perfectionism is rising among millennials. Besides depression, here are other unwanted effects of perfectionism on young people.

Public Health January 4, 2018

FDA Approves First Shock Wave Device To Heal Foot Ulcers In Diabetes Patients

The FDA approved the use of the Dermapace System, a shock wave device that can promote healing of diabetic foot ulcers. What are some of its side effects?

Medicine January 1, 2018

More Earthquakes Predicted In 2018 As Earth Enters Period Of Enhanced Seismic Productivity

Scientists predicted more large-scale earthquakes to occur in 2018 based on the link between slower Earth rotations and the occurrence of tremors worldwide. How many magnitude 7 earthquakes can we expect to occur this year?

Earth/Environment January 1, 2018

Doctor Accused Of Reusing One-Use Anal Catheters On Multiple Patients

A doctor is temporarily suspended after allegedly reusing one-use anal catheters on several patients. His office performed 82 procedures over a period of 11 months but only used five catheters over that period.

Public Health December 30, 2017

Habitable Planets May Exist Around Vicinity Of Pulsars That Blast Out Deadly Rays

Pulsars burst out deadly rays, have enormous magnetic field and accrete matter. Despite these hostile conditions, astronomers say that habitable planets may still thrive around the vicinity of these neutron stars.

Space December 21, 2017

Underactive Thyroid Could Be To Blame Why Some Women Find It Difficult To Get Pregnant

Underactive thyroid gland could be the reason behind the unexplained infertility of some women having difficulty getting pregnant or carrying their pregnancy to term. What are some of the symptoms of this condition?

Public Health December 20, 2017

This Optical Illusion Reveals 'Curvature Blindness' Of The Brain

A psychologist discovered that the brain may experience curvature blindness, which swaps waves for corners. The curvature blindness illusion proves this. What are the possible mechanisms behind this phenomenon?

Feature | Science December 14, 2017

These Personality Traits May Help You Live Longer Even If Your Drink And Smoke

A group of people in Italy drink wine and smoke cigarettes, but many reach the ripe old age of more than 90 years old. Researchers found personality traits in these people that may be linked to their longevity.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 13, 2017

Astronomers To Scan Mysterious Interstellar Asteroid To Look For Signs Of Alien Technology

The cigar-shaped interstellar object called Oumuamua is characterized by unusual properties. Was this sent by an intelligent alien civilization? Astronomers want to find out.

Space December 12, 2017

Early Humans Migrated Out Of Africa 60,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought

New discoveries show modern humans have likely dispersed into the Asian continent 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers said that the "Out of Africa" human migration theory may need to be revised.

Ancient December 11, 2017

Did NASA Find Alien Life? US Space Agency To Announce Kepler Discovery On Thursday

NASA will make an announcement of a new discovery made by Kepler space telescope, the most accomplished planet-hunter in history. Is the news about evidence of life beyond Earth?

Space December 10, 2017

CRISPR Without Scissors: Modified Gene Editing Tool Can Edit DNA Without Cutting It

A CRISPR system that lacks scissors to cut DNA strands can change the gene's behavior without making direct modifications on the DNA. How does this modified gene editing tool work?

Biotech December 9, 2017

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