Futurity2 min cititeRobotics
Soft Robot Crawls Like A Caterpillar
Researchers have demonstrated a caterpillar-like soft robot that can move forward, backward, and dip under narrow spaces. The caterpillar-bot’s movement is driven by a novel pattern of silver nanowires that use heat to control the way the robot bends
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How Beetles Use Their Butts To Suck Water From The Air
Beetles can survive their entire lives without drinking any liquid water whatsoever. Instead, they suck water from the air with their rear ends. Insect pests eat their way through thousands of tons of food around the world every year. Food security i
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Disoriented Mice Shed Light On The Brain’s Internal Compass
Scientists have gained new insights into how the brain’s internal compass gives us a sense of direction. The findings shed light on how the brain orients itself in changing environments—and even the processes that can go wrong with degenerative disea
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Scrappy SBUDNIC Satellite Hitched A Ride To Space
A satellite built on a small budget and with off-the-shelf supplies could be a solution to space junk. A team of students from Brown University sent the satellite—which is powered by 48 Energizer AA batteries and a $20 microprocessor popular with rob
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Auto-renew Subscriptions Don’t Build Loyal Customers
Automatic subscription renewals are a bad way to create loyal customers, research shows. If you pay a monthly fee for a movie site you rarely visit or a newspaper you never read, you know that people who sign up for a subscription that automatically
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Does THC As A Teen Stymie Female Reproductive Health Later?
Exposure to THC, a component of cannabis, at a young age could lead to depleted ovarian follicles and matured eggs in adulthood by nearly 50%, a new study with mice shows. The findings show that the use of cannabis earlier in a female’s life could ha
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Yes, A 100% Sustainable Plastics Industry Is Possible
Lots of recycling, combined with the use of CO2 from the air and biomass, could make a completely sustainable plastics industry a reality, according to a new study. Changing plastic’s image could also help, the researchers report. Plastic is everywhe
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Tumors Turn Blood Vessels Into Fiber-filled Channels
Increasingly dense cell clusters in growing tumors convert blood vessels into fiber-filled channels, research shows. The findings, from experiments with mice, suggest this makes immune cells less effective. It was almost ten years ago that researcher
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Fretting About Election Stress Is Bad For Your Health
Simply anticipating stress related to political elections causes adverse physical health effects, according to a new study. However, there is something people can do to mitigate those negative health effects. “This is the first study to show that ant
Futurity3 min cititeChemistry
Gut Bacteria Discovery Could Bring New Probiotics
A new study uncovers a novel mechanism by which “good” bacteria colonize the gut. The microbes that inhabit the gut are critical for human health. Understanding the factors that encourage the growth of beneficial bacterial species—known as “good” bac
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Managers Repay Loyal Workers With Unpaid Labor
Managers target loyal workers over less committed colleagues when dolling out unpaid work and additional job tasks, research finds. “Companies want loyal workers, and there is a ton of research showing that loyal workers provide all sorts of positive
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There’s More To Adaptive Clothing Than Function
Adaptive clothing retailers must make changes to satisfy an increasingly diverse customer base, researchers say. With the growth of the niche adaptive clothing market comes new challenges for retailers, including making the process of online shopping
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Wax May Expose Skiers To Harmful ‘Forever Chemicals’
For skiers and snowboarders, exposure to harmful chemicals in wax and cleaning solvents might be a bigger concern than previously known. If you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder, you know that feeling of gliding down a slope after freshly waxing
Futurity4 min cititeCrime & Violence
Book: Ted Bundy Killed Way More Than 30 People
A criminologist’s new book argues that Ted Bundy’s criminal career was longer and deadlier than the official record from 1974 to 1978. In his new book, Matt DeLisi, a world-renowned criminologist at Iowa State University, lays out evidence that Ted B
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Biomarker May Reveal Pancreatic Cancer Risk Early
Newly identified biomarkers could help distinguish whether cysts on the pancreas are likely to develop into pancreatic cancer or remain benign. The finding marks an important first step toward a clinical approach for classifying lesions on the pancre
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Team Detects Neutrinos Created By Particle Collider For The First Time
In a scientific first, researchers have detected neutrinos created by a particle collider. The discovery promises to deepen scientists’ understanding of the subatomic particles, which were first spotted in 1956 and play a key role in the process that
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Cheaper Method Gets COVID-fighting Nanobodies From Llamas
New findings will make it easier for scientists around the world to try their hand at discovering nanobodies that target SARS-CoV-2 or other viruses, researchers report. COVID is not yet under control. Despite a bevy of vaccines, monoclonal antibodie
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Could ‘Terminator Zones’ On Far Off Planets Harbor Life?
Extraterrestrial life has the potential to exist on distant exoplanets inside a special area called the “terminator zone,” according to a new study. The terminator zone is a ring on planets that have one side that always faces its star and one side t
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Book Probes The Politics Of Marvel Movies
A new book looks at the political messages of the Marvel cinematic universe. In their new book, The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Duke University political scientist Nicholas Carnes and coauthor Lilly J. Goren of Carroll University ask,
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Substance May Offer A Better Way To Treat Some Staph Infections
A new substance has proven useful for treating staphylococcus infections in people with skin lymphoma, a new study shows. You may have had staphylococcus aureus in connection with a wound infection. In most cases, it will pass without treatment, whil
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Morning People Get More Out Of CPAP Machines
CPAP machines treat sleep apnea, but many patients don’t use them as directed. A new study finds “morning people” use theirs more during the night than others. Most people with obstructive sleep apnea—a condition in which normal breathing is regularl
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3D-printed Insole Measures Foot Pressure Right In Shoe
A new 3D-printed customized insole uses integrated sensors to measure the pressure on the sole of the foot directly in the shoe during various activities. In elite sports, fractions of a second sometimes make the difference between victory and defeat
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Multiple Sclerosis Often Goes Undetected In At-risk Kids
Criteria used to assess adults for multiple sclerosis may fail to identify the illness in children, a new study shows. That oversight could delay treatment of the disease at its earliest stages, the researchers say. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) i
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Leaders Express More Of Their Faith At Work
How much individuals express their religious beliefs in the workplace depends on how much power they hold there, according to new research. The study, which used survey data from a nationally representative sample of employed US adults, was published
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Some Radicalized People Didn’t Get Mental Health Care
A majority of people radicalized to hold extremist views needed mental health services that they hadn’t previously received, research in Canada finds. Ottawa brings home and reintegrates women detained in Syria after travelling to join the Islamic St
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Morning Glory Flowers Grew Larger Over A Decade
Wild populations of the common morning glory in the southeastern United States increased the size of their flowers between 2003 and 2012, according to a new study. There’s been a well-documented shift toward earlier springtime flowering in many plant
Futurity3 min cititeAddiction
Trip To Methadone Is Farther In United States Than Canada
People living in the United States must travel significantly farther to access methadone treatment for opioid addiction than Canadians do, research indicates. As reported in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the analysis shows that the average
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Mauritius Ecosystem Needs Its Original Animals
Non-native animals can’t replace the originals on the island of Mauritius, research finds. If the extinction of the many plants and animals on Mauritius continues, the flourishing nature and diverse animals may dwindle to very few. They are part of a
Futurity3 min cititeChemistry
Nanotech Method Could Make Profits From Waste Plastic
The “Flash Joule” technique could be a profitable way to turn plastic waste into nanomaterials, report researchers. The amount of plastic waste produced globally has doubled over the past two decades—and plastic production is expected to triple by 20
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How COVID-19 Disrupted Cancer Care
Cancer patients report heightened infection concerns, increased feelings of fear, and disrupted care during COVID-19. The findings are an update to a previous analysis of the effects of living with cancer during the pandemic. The new study appears in
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