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A $1 Microscope Folds From Paper With A Drop Of Glue

We have pocket watches, pocket cameras and now — with smartphones — pocket computers.<p>So why shouldn't doctors and scientists around the world have pocket microscopes?<p>Bioengineer Manu Prakash and his team at Stanford University have designed a light microscope that not only fits in your pocket but …

Tiny Arachnids Do Indeed Live On Your Face, Scientists Say

Talk about creepy! You may <i>think</i> your morning shower did its job, but odds are a bunch of microscopic mites are crawling on your face and living in your pores at this very moment.<p>In fact, new research suggests that a specific genus of these tiny parasitic creatures called Demodex are way more common …

Fatal Superbugs: Antibiotics Losing Effectiveness, WHO Says

"Genetics is working against us, almost like a science-fiction story."<p>The spread of superbugs—bacteria that have changed in ways that render antibiotics ineffective against them—is a serious and growing threat around the world, according to the World Health Organization's first global report on …

Why the calls of the wild may be more complex than zoologists first thought

From ultrasonic bat chirps to eerie whale songs, the animal kingdom is a noisy place. While some sounds might have meaning – typically something like “I’m a male, aren’t I great?” – no other creatures have a true language except for us. Or do they?<p>A new study on animal calls has found that the …

NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones

Space agency says system will be used for agriculture next year<p>NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. <i>The New York Times</i> reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet off the ground — much lower than …

Antarctic coastal waters 'rising faster'

<b>Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds.</b><p>Near-shore waters went up by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the period between 1992 and 2011.<p>Scientists say the melting of glaciers and …

Global Warming

How corals stir up their world

<b>Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface.</b><p>Using powerful microscopes, researchers filmed tiny hairs on the surface of corals "stirring up" surrounding water.<p>They say that these swirls of water draw nutrients towards the coral, and …