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How woodpeckers avoid concussions [Life Lines]

By Hector Bottai (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsI just read an interesting blog …

Concussion

Mushrooms' Spores May Help Bring Rain To Forests

When it rains, it spores<p>Fungal spores are all around you. Even now, as you read this, there are likely spores floating and dancing around your head. Millions of tons of them are dispersed into the atmosphere every year. Some spores, such those from molds, can be harmful to breathe in, but the …

There's a good reason why the next generation of robots will look like animals

Biomimetics.<p>That's the field dedicated to imitating aspects of nature to better understand, and potentially solve, complex human issues.<p>It's the reason why so many engineers and researchers are creating robot models of animals.<p>Robotic animals can help researchers better understand locomotion, …

Turning Down The Heat When Cooking Meat May Reduce Cancer Risk

Remember the headlines a few weeks back, when the World Health Organization categorized red and processed meats as cancer-causing?<p>Turns out, the techniques you use to prepare your meat seem to play into this risk.<p>A new study published in the journal <i>Cancer</i> finds that high-temperature cooking methods …

Goodbye, Nola: Only 3 Northern White Rhinos Remain in the World

One of the four northern white rhinoceros left on Earth died yesterday (Nov. 22), leaving only three surviving members of the critically endangered …

Endangered Species

These Are the Unofficial Cars for Each of the 50 States

If you were to take a list of the most popular cars in each state in the U.S., it’d be a pretty predictable list. The Ford F-150 would feature prominently, along with the Chevy Silverado, and of course the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.<p>But we were curious: What car is the most <i>overrepresented</i> in …

Scientists Made A 3D-Printed Wheelchair For A Puppy With Only Two Legs

"He's a little sweetheart and doesn't act as if he has any limitations."<p>He was the runt of the litter, FOSD board President Angela Marx told BuzzFeed News, and so was having trouble competing for his mother's milk.<p>"We decided that he really needed extra special care and to be bottle-fed so he could …

Future technology: 22 ideas about to change our world

Floating farms, brain wave passwords, and coffee-powered cars are just some of the incredible inventions and innovations that will shape our</i> …