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Finally, A Super-Simple Modular Robotics Kit

Engineering for the rest of us<p>The robot of the popular imagination, whether it’s R2D2 or Rosie, just works. But in reality, making a robot just work takes a lot of hard work. Many would-be roboticists give up when faced with a soldering iron, an Arduino board, and lines of code. The EZ-Robot kits …

Robotics

Christmas on ice: scientists retrace steps of great Antarctic explorer

In the early hours of Christmas Day 1912 the Antarctic explorer and scientist Douglas Mawson was trekking across the endless plateau of the frozen continent with his companion, Xavier Mertz. They were hundreds of miles from base camp and, 10 days earlier, they had been struck by tragedy when the …

Diabetes Gene Common In Latinos Has Ancient Roots

When it comes to the rising prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, there are many factors to blame.<p>Diet and exercise sit somewhere at the top of the list. But the genes that some of us inherit from Mom and Dad also help determine whether we develop the disease, and how early it crops up.<p>Now an …

FYI: Did Dinosaurs Get The Flu?

Investigating diseases of prehistory<p>It’s very hard to figure out when the influenza virus first started making animals sick. Studies of the history of major human epidemics suggest the flu has been around for at least a thousand years. “The certainty diminishes as we go further back into the past,” …

Dinosaurs