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DARPA's new mind-controlled prosthetics let patients feel again

Over the past decade, DARPA’s work on brain-controlled prosthetic limbs has led to some impressive breakthroughs, but with the development of novel neuromuscular interfaces, it’s making real headway toward mainstream bionic limbs in the near term. Today, the agency released some new information …

Microscopic bunny could help fight brain disorders

Japanese researchers have demonstrated a new type of resin that could be used in 3D micro-electrodes that interface with the brain. With the material, it's possible to micro-sculpt tiny objects that hold their shape after being "carbonized" at 800 degrees Celsius, which increases electrical …

How the turtle got its unique hard shell

<b>How the turtle shell evolved has puzzled scientists for years, but new research sheds light on how their hard shells were formed.</b><p>Scientists say the ancient fossil skeleton of an extinct South African reptile has helped bridge a 30 to 55-million-year gap.<p>This ancestor of the modern turtle,</i> …

This Week's Most Bizarre Wild Animal Incidents

A Zambian airline gave a baby hippopotamus a frequent flyer card.<p>A Mississippi couple, Mr. and Mrs. Christmas, were locked in a lawsuit with …

World’s First Bird May Have Roamed Jurassic Period

<b>World’s first bird?</b> Researchers say they have discovered a new fossil that might be the world’s first bird.<p>The Aurornis xui specimen was discovered …

Paleontology

Scientists Capture Atom-by-Atom Images of Molecules Before and After a Chemical Reaction

Scientists at University of California, Berkeley have captured an atomic-scale picture of a chemical before and after it reacts for the first time. …

Why do identical twins end up having such different lives?

Barbara Oliver has had an intriguing relationship with her identical twin sister, Christine, over the decades. Throughout their childhoods, they were …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …