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First steps for Hector the robot stick insect
A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called Hector, and its construction is modeled on a stick insect.
The surprising history of tinsel
It's been a holiday decoration staple for decades, and it turns out that silver stuff hanging from your tree has quite a storied past. Tinsel has been made out of everything from real silver, to lead to other dangerously flammable materials. This week's Speaking of Chemistry decks your halls with the history of tinsel.
A beetle named Marco Polo
A team of Chinese and Italian scientists has joined efforts to provide a key to the understudied phaleratus group of blister beetles. During their research the scientists have also discovered a new species from the genus Hycleus, which they named after Marco Polo, as a tribute to their collaboration during the Ph.D. studies. The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.
Do carrots actually help you see better? (video)
It's something your mother told you time and time again at the dinner table: 'Eat your carrots, they'll help you see better!' So was she right? This week, Reactions answers the question with the help of chemist Chad Jones, Ph.D., host of the award-winning Collapsed Wave Function podcast. Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3DNScZYvYY.
Low income kids eat more fruits and vegetables when they are in school
The fruits and vegetables provided at school deliver an important dietary boost to low income adolescents, according to Meghan Longacre, Ph.D. and Madeline Dalton, Ph.D. of Dartmouth Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Hood Center for Children and Families. In a study released in Preventive Medicine, Longacre and Dalton found that fruit and vegetable intake was higher among low income adolescents on days when they consumed meals at school compared to days when low income adolescent were not in school.
NIH/National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences
NOAA, partners reveal first images of historic San Francisco shipwreck, SS City of Rio de Janeiro
NOAA and its partners today released 3-D sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history. On Feb. 22, 1901, in a dense morning fog, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro struck jagged rocks near the present site of the Golden Gate Bridge and sank almost immediately, killing 128 of the 210 passengers and crew aboard the ship.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Dragonflies on the hunt display complex choreography
The dragonfly is a swift and efficient hunter. After spotting prey, it takes about half a second to swoop beneath an unsuspecting insect and snatch it from the air. Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus used motion-capture techniques to track that chase, and found that a dragonfly's movement is guided by internal models of its own body and the anticipated movement of its prey. Similar internal models are used to guide behavior in humans.
Thirty new spider species found in one of China's richest biodiversity hotspots
Scientists from the Institute of Zoology with the Chinese Academy of Sciences have devoted years of their careers to study the astounding diversity hidden in the depths of the Xishuangbanna tropical rain forests. In a new paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys Professor Shuqiang Li and his team reveal 30 new spider species, which constitutes a minor share of what is yet to be found in this biodiversity hotspot.
CBE-Life Sciences Education
New research shows parents play vital role in molding future scientists
Parents and family make all the difference in creating the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians, according to new research by George Mason University.
Computers & Education
Girls better than boys at making story-based computer games, Sussex study finds
Teenage boys are perhaps more known for playing computer games but girls are better at making them, a University of Sussex study has found.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
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