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Cheetahs and pumas may have hunting strategies down to a science

It's not easy being a lean, mean killing machine. Whether a fleet-footed cheetah or a lie-in-wait puma, a hunting feline's survival balances on the point between how much energy they lose in hunting for a meal and the energy they gain from actually eating it. Now, two new studies in the journal …

Wildlife

World’s First ‘Solar Battery’ Captures and Stores Sun’s Energy

Clean Energy

Snake Robots And A Quadcopter Fuse Together In This Chimera Drone

RescueBots, unite!<p>Rescue robots are better when they travel in packs. Snake bots, slithering like their reptilian namesakes, are great at crawling through narrow spaces, but they're fairly slow. Quadcopter drones can quickly fly over and around obstacles, but once on the ground they can’t too much …

Robotics

Water discovered on the smallest planet yet

Being able to find water may make it easier to find life<p>Scientists found water vapor on a Neptune-sized planet 124 light years away from Earth, the first time an exoplanet smaller than Jupiter has been found with water. Their results are published in the journal <i>Nature</i>.<p>Astronomers figure out what …

Water Vapor Seen on Distant World

Search for potentially life-sustaining worlds gets a boost with the ability to probe a common class of planets.<p>Astronomers have found evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of a Neptune-size planet 122 light-years from Earth—the first time water has been identified on a planet that small, …

Why Do People Keep Their Accents?

Most infants begin learning a spoken language from the moment they're born. But because the brain becomes less flexible with age, it's difficult for …

Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

New Dinosaur Species Unearthed in Tanzania

Paleontologists have unearthed a new species of dinosaur in Tanzania, a long-necked, plant-eating giant that crops up in varied forms on every …

Do you hear voices? You are not alone

Hearing voices is an experience that is very distressing for many people. Voices – or “auditory verbal hallucinations” – are one of the most common features of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. But for a small minority of people, voice-hearing is a regular part of their lives, an …

Watch it run! MIT's new robotic cheetah can even leap over hurdles

The cheetah is off the leash! Researchers at<p>MIThave built a four-legged robot that runs like the super-fast spotted feline and can even run on its own power, off a treadmill. The robot has now been filmed sprinting like a champ across grassy fields on the MIT university campus.<p>When tested on an …

Robotics

New branch added to European family tree

The setting: Europe, about 7,500 years ago. Agriculture was sweeping in from the Near East, bringing early farmers into contact with hunter-gatherers …

Big Pic: A Texas-Sized Algae Bloom

Phytoplankton is choking off natural food chains in the Arabian Sea.<p>Lake Erie has gotten a lot of attention recently because of its toxic algal blooms, and all that attention seems to have made the Arabian Sea green with envy.<p>A paper in <i>Nature Communications</i> reports that a phytoplankton named</i> …

Arabian Sea

Merging galaxies can produce disk galaxies

Astronomers thought mergers formed giant elliptical galaxies. Now, for at least 24 observed galaxies, mergers have formed flattened, circular disks …

Watch: British woman is first to test new Ebola vaccine

Ruth Atkins becomes the first volunteer to be injected with a potentially life-saving new vaccine that scientists hope will tackle Ebola<p>A British woman has been the first person in the world to receive a potential new vaccine for the <b>Ebola</b> virus.<p>Ruth Atkins volunteered to get the trial underway, …

Disease

Mice Given Gene From Human Brains Turn Out To Be Super-Smart

It's a bit like the 1990s cartoon series "Pinky and the Brain," only the genius mice in this story aren't make-believe.<p>An international team of researchers have created unusually intelligent mice by giving them the human version of Foxp2, a gene that's common to both humans and mice. The brainy …

Elemental Storytelling

There's a photograph I know that shows a kid's bicycle lying on its side, one wheel turned upright, a smear of blood tracing its path on the concrete. There's a little package still latched to the back, waiting for its owner to return. You can see where the bike swerved, then lost its way. …

Europe's last cargo ship reaches space station | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - A European resupply line to the International Space Station closed on Tuesday with the arrival of a fifth and final freighter to the orbital outpost.<p>The International Space Station's robotic arm, Canadarm2, grapples the Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo craft, as seen in this …

Big Bang: How the Universe was created

What created all the planets, stars and galaxies? BBC Future presents a four-minute animated guide to one of the greatest questions we’ve tried to solve.<p>“You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big space is,”said the author Douglas Adams. “I mean, you may think it's a long way …

Universe

Of Pigs and Primates: Addressing the Airborne Ebola Allegation

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has gained international attention, due in part to the recent declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). In turn, public health officials have been asked to enact stricter infection prevention and control measures to ensure spread is …

NASA's NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive …

How Shark Week screws scientists

Discovery is alienating the very people who supply its content: scientists<p><i>This post was originally published last year. With this year's Shark Week programming beginning tonight, we thought this would be a good reminder of some of Discovery's more unpleasant tendencies.</i><p>Discovery’s Shark Week …

African Rhinos to Be Airlifted to Save Them From Extinction

The future of rhinos might be up in the air.<p>Starting in January 2015, a conservation group will fly as many as 100 rhinos from South Africa to …