Robotics

AugLimb: A compact robotic limb to support humans during everyday activities

Researchers at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and University of Tokyo recently developed AugLimb, a compact robotic limb that could support humans as they complete a variety of tasks. This new limb, presented ...

Plants & Animals

Researchers in Germany discover a new species of otter

Researchers from the Universities of Tübingen and Zaragoza have discovered a previously unknown species of otter from 11.4-million-year-old strata at the Hammerschmiede fossil site.

Mushballs stash away missing ammonia on Uranus and Neptune

Mushballs—giant, slushy hailstones made from a mixture of ammonia and water—may be responsible for an atmospheric anomaly on Neptune and Uranus that has been puzzling scientists. A study presented by Tristan Guillot at ...

What if just one airborne particle was enough to infect you?

For some diseases, exposure to just a single airborne particle containing virus, bacteria or fungi can be infectious. When this happens, understanding and predicting airborne disease spread can be a whole lot easier.

Scientists reveal how vitamin A enters immune cells in the gut

Immunologists and geneticists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered how vitamin A enters immune cells in the intestines—findings that could offer insight to treat digestive diseases and perhaps help improve ...

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Can fruit fly research help improve survival of cancer patients?

The experience of a fruit fly dying from cancer may seem worlds away from that of a human with a life-threatening tumor, yet University of California Berkeley researchers are finding commonalities between the two that could ...

Threat of volcanic eruption puts Spanish island on alert

A series of small earthquakes in Spain's Canary Islands has put authorities on alert for a possible volcanic eruption, with one official saying Thursday there is "intense seismic activity" in the area off northwest Africa.

AI system identifies buildings damaged by wildfire

People around the globe have suffered the nerve-wracking anxiety of waiting weeks or months to find out if their homes have been damaged by wildfires that scorch with increased intensity. Now, once the smoke has cleared for ...

How do wild pigs affect riparian systems?

In the U.S., wild pigs are an invasive species and can cause a lot of damage to the ecosystems in which they live. In the September 15th Soils Matter blog, Sara Bolds from Auburn University writes about how wild pigs can ...