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Might bionic moths be the future of disaster relief?

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Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a way to monitor the electric signals moths use to control their flight muscles, in order to intercept them. Their aim is to create remote-controlled moths that can be fitted with sensors and then sent to, for example, the site of an earthquake or accident, to gather…

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Other people’s brainwaves can predict what we want to watch

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Scientists have known for a long time that certain areas of our brains light up when we’re enjoying what we’re watching. But researchers from the City College of New York and Georgia Tech wanted to find out if they could use the reactions of a small group of people to predict how millions more would…

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Even positive choices stress us out, scientists find

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A win-win decision sounds like it can only lead to good things, right? It’s in the name. But scientists have discovered that having two great options really stresses us out. So if you’ve ever agonised between two similar pairs of shoes, two phones with practically the same specs, or even between chocolate-covered fudge and creme…

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Are liquid hard drives the future of storage?

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Maybe I'm a wimp, but it's starting to seem like some scientists have a death wish. I was always taught that water and electronics were best kept faaaaaaaaaaaaar away from each other, but first researchers decided that dew could one day be used to recharge phones, and now they're looking at whether liquids could play…

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Scientists use 3D printed tissue to study cells

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Scientist Guohao Dai, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the U.S, has won the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation for his research into making replicated human tissues using 3D printing. Unlike the cells in the body, most lab cultures are 2D, which…

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Friends are genetically similar, says study

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Next time someone rejects your offer of friendship on Facebook or (god forbid), IRL, don’t feel too bad: it might not be your looks or personality they found offensive, but your genome. A new US study claims that friends are more genetically similar than strangers. Researchers looked at tissue samples of around 2000 people from…

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