Alex Benson

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Robot Muscles Inspired By Origami Lift 1000 Times Their Weight

The delicate art of paper folding is playing a crucial role in designing robotic artificial muscles that are startlingly strong. In fact, the researchers say they can lift objects 1,000 times their own weight.<p>The researchers say the muscles are soft, so they're safer compared to traditional metal …

The Physics of Bruce Lee’s Famous One-Inch Punch

What is the most famous marital arts move? The <i>Karate Kid</i>‘s “crane kick?” <i>Kill Bill</i>‘s five-point-palm exploding heart technique? I’d argue it’s Bruce …

You Know You're a Southerner If You Pack These Road Trip Snacks

When you’re on a road trip, the call of the fast food chicken biscuit or cheeseburger calls like a siren from the rocks, but leaves you feeling less …

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How quantum trickery can scramble cause and effect

Logic-defying experiments in quantum causality can twist the notion of time itself.

13 Ways to Let the Slow Cooker Make You Breakfast

I used to think the greatest thing about my slow cooker was the way it tackled dinner on super-busy weeknights, but then I learned that it does …

Here's How to Make 'Victory Cake' With a Recipe From the World War II Home Front

An artifact from the new National World War II Museum 'Arsenal of Democracy' exhibition<br>Courtesy of The National World War II Museum<p>1 of 6<p>It was the …

A Star That Vanished Before Astronomers’ Eyes Could Mark The First Time The Birth Of A Black Hole Has Been Directly Witnessed

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope …

Mathematician turns Juno images into stunning Jupiter flyby video

Since NASA's Juno probe entered Jupiter's orbit a year ago, it's been sending back high-resolution images of the solar system's biggest planet.<p>When …