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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Psychology: Robot Saved, People Take the Hit

Feb. 8, 2019 — To what extent are people prepared to show consideration for robots? A new study suggests that, under certain circumstances, some people are willing to endanger human lives -- out of concern for ... read more

Feb. 8, 2019 — Scientists have developed microscopic, hydrogel-based muscles that can manipulate and mechanically stimulate biological tissue. These soft, biocompatible robots could be used for targeted therapy and ... read more

Who's Listening? Mosquitoes Can Hear Up to 10 Meters Away

Feb. 7, 2019 — Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to new ... read more

Feb. 7, 2019 — Researchers have engineered a new fabric from synthetic yarn with a carbon nanotube coating that is activated by temperature and humidity, releasing heat in warm humid conditions and trapping heat ... read more

Feb. 7, 2019 — The cleaner wrasse fish (Labroides dimidiatus), responds to its reflection and attempts to remove marks on its body during the mirror test -- a method considered the gold standard for determining ... read more

Putting Female Mosquitoes on Human Diet Drugs Could Reduce Spread of Disease

Feb. 7, 2019 — Researchers report that they have identified drugs that can reduce mosquito hunger for blood. Because movement of female mosquitoes from human to human -- male mosquitoes do not consume blood -- is ... read more

Feb. 7, 2019 — NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered another mysterious dark storm on Neptune and provided a fresh look at a long-lived storm circling around the north polar region on ... read more

Scientists Discover New Type of Self-Healing Material

Feb. 7, 2019 — A research group has developed a new type of material, based on ethylene, which exhibits a number of useful properties such as self-healing and shape memory. Remarkably, some of the materials can ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — Researchers set out to test whether bees could do math, building on a groundbreaking finding that bees understand the concept of zero. The new study shows bees can be taught to recognize colors as ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — A new study provides the first record of the diving behavior of Cuvier's beaked whales in US Atlantic waters. The species is Earth's deepest-diving mammal but spends very little recovery ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — A new oviraptorosaur species from the Late Cretaceous was discovered in ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — Scientist have found they can turn on and off the flow of current in a bismuth crystal subjected to a high magnetic field, making a new type of controllable quantum ... read more

The Good and Evil of Ghosts, Governments, and Machines

Feb. 6, 2019 — Good and evil may spring from the human mind, but new research reveals how they extend beyond humans to the artificial and ... read more

Hibernating Hamsters Could Provide New Clues to Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 6, 2019 — Syrian hamsters are golden-haired rodents often kept as house pets. Cold and darkness can cause the animals to hibernate for three to four days at a time, interspersed with short periods of activity. ... read more

Feb. 6, 2019 — Among golden-collared manakins, a bird found only in Panama and western Colombia, males emit a particular mating call, the 'chee-poo', to attract females. Researchers explore the role of ... read more

Stock Market Shows Greater Reaction to Forecasts by Analysts With Favorable Surnames

Feb. 6, 2019 — Financial analysts whose surnames are perceived as favorable elicit stronger market reactions to their earnings forecasts, new research has ... read more

Micromotors Deliver Oral Vaccines

Feb. 6, 2019 — Vaccines have saved millions of lives, but nobody likes getting a shot. That's why scientists are trying to develop oral vaccines for infectious diseases. But to be effective, the vaccine must ... read more

Feb. 5, 2019 — In astrobiology, there is an increasing interest in whether life as we know it is a quirk of the particular evolutionary history of the Earth or, instead, if life might be governed by more general ... read more

Marijuana Smoking Linked With Higher Sperm Concentrations

Feb. 5, 2019 — Men who have smoked marijuana at some point in their life had significantly higher concentrations of sperm when compared with men who have never smoked marijuana, according to new research. The study ... read more

Feb. 5, 2019 — Instead of throwing away your broken boots or cracked toys, why not let them fix themselves? Researchers have developed 3D-printed rubber materials that can do just ... read more

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