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3D-Printed Bionic Ants Work as a Terrifying Team

The future of manufacturing is 3D-printed bugs that work toward a common goal<p>Ants are known for their selflessness, working collectively for the greater good of the colony in order to move giant crumbs up giant anthills. That's also the case for BionicANTs, Festo's new group of 3D-printed robotic …

Insects

A Real Ebola Vaccine May Be on the Way

To make a vaccine, researchers removed one of Ebola's eight genes—the one that allows it to reproduce<p>As worldwide panic over Ebola quiets down to a murmur, researchers are hard at work trying to stop the next pandemic. Now a new vaccine may be on the way, thanks to a group of research scientists at …

Disease

New Evidence May Identify Mystery Object at Milky Way Galaxy's Core

New observations may finally reveal the identity of a mystery object circling around the monster black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy — …

In Space, No One Can Hear You Stress

How astronauts cope with the pressures of living and working in the ISS<p>The daily grind can be stressful enough, but what happens when you move it to low Earth orbit, 268 miles above the planet’s surface? To find out, <i>Popular Science</i> caught up with veteran NASA astronaut and space medicine specialist …

Space Exploration

Tumors grown in dishes could help customize cancer treatment | Reuters

Experiments conducted at an underground laboratory at Vanderbilt University could prove vital in the fight against cancer. Alex Walsh, a biomedical researcher, is using a laser to make what she calls organoids glow.<p>“Organoids are small pieces of a patients’ tumor that are about 100 to 300 microns …

Just Discovered In Australia: The Largest Asteroid Impact Ever

When exactly the massive rock hit Earth remains a mystery<p>A long time ago, a huge meteorite entered the earth's atmosphere in a screaming fireball. In its last violent moments, it split into two massive pieces, each at least 6 miles across, and slammed into the earth, creating twin impact craters …

Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry

The Romans, Vikings and Normans may have ruled or invaded the British for hundreds of years, but they left barely a trace on our DNA, the first detailed study of the genetics of British people has revealed.<p>The analysis shows that the Anglo-Saxons were the only conquering force, around 400-500 AD, …

Anthropology

Look At This Ridiculous Russian Supersonic Cargo Plane Concept

Just, why?<p>Never mind the fact that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine are struggling to win a civil war--the Kremlin wants to wow the Future with a gigantic supersonic cargo plane. Named the PAK TA, the concept from Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission will be a supersonic transport than can …