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Why Deaf People Don't Achoo When They Sneeze

You may not know it, but peer pressure influences what you sound like when you sneeze.<p>Sneezing feels—and is—so involuntary, yet apparently you do still have some control over what you say when you sneeze. "Achoo!" is particular to English speakers, the BBC's Ouch blog reports, and deaf people just …

Flexible 'electronic skin' can help heal, detect touch and temperature

Surgeons could one day restore lost feeling in humans by using artificial skin that's been augmented with flexible sensors, and a new development from researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology may bring that closer to reality. The research team has developed a flexible sensor that …

Spider webs use electricity to attract prey, study finds

Silk strands change shape as electrically-charged insects pass in front of it, according to research from UC Berkeley<p>It's not hard to see how an insect could get trapped in a spider's web; its strands are sticky, ultra-strong, and well-concealed. But according to a new study published in the …

Pepsi promises to stop using alleged carcinogen following pressure from health advocates

California law spurs soda maker to change its formula, but drinks sold elsewhere in the US remain the same, report claims<p>Pepsi announced this week that it plans to remove a controversial chemical from soda sold in the US, more than a year after the state of California labeled it a carcinogen. The …