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This New Bio-Inspired Material Harvests Water Out Of Thin Air

All wet<p>What do you get when you combine a beetle, a cactus, and a pitcher plant? A whole new way to harvest water out of thin air.<p>In a paper published today in <i>Nature</i>, researchers explain how they combined the water-collecting traits of two desert-dwellers (a Namib desert beetle and a cactus) to …

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We're inching toward being able to print a whole human — here's proof

Advancements in 3-D printing - a machine that can layer materials to create three-dimensional objects - have skyrocketed in recent years. But while many associate the technology with pointless, plastic trinkets, researchers and scientists have been hard at work tinkering with the technology to …

Scientists plug into metal's role in the circuit of life

Molybdenum is an essential nutrient for most living species because it causes vital biochemical transformations to occur fast enough to sustain life. …

Coywolves Emerge as Super Predators

<i>Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/ForestWander</i><p><i>The Economist</i> reports that in the relative absence of mountain lions and Eastern wolves, a new …

The Miraculous Energy Source of the Future: Our Poop?

Waste-derived biogas could potentially power 138 million homes, say researchers.<p>Using the toilet today? In the future, that might be considered even more of a wasteful act, as fuel from human dung could have an annual value reaching into the billions of dollars.<p>That’s according to researchers at UN …

Japanese Researchers Make Glass That's Nearly Unbreakable

Scientists in Japan say they’ve fashioned glass that’s almost as strong as steel.<p>The ability to make super strong glass could lead to a whole new …

New Species On Human Family Tree Discovered In Ancient Mass Grave

Homo naledi had small brains but human-like traits, upending the fossil record<p>In September of 2013, two cave explorers, on a routine exploration in South Africa happened upon a collection of fossils that would soon question our current understanding of humans’ ancestral history. While probing a …

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