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Flock of Ancient 'Butterfly-Headed' Flying Reptiles Discovered

An ancient flying reptile with a bizarre, butterflylike head has been unearthed in Brazil.<p>The newfound reptile species, <i>Caiuajara dobruskii</i>, lived …

Treating Cancer With Bacteria Shows Real Promise

Bacteria are generally considered more foe than friend, but that may change, if results from a pioneering study are confirmed.<p>Reporting in the …

Weasel-Like Predators Are Reclaiming Territory In The U.S., And Growing Larger

Fishers eat many animals, including porcupines.<p>Earlier this month, a fisher was photographed in the Bronx, the first spotting of this weasel-like animal in New York City in modern times. This is in keeping with a general trend: After being exterminated from much of their native habitat throughout …

Competition for ecological niches limits evolution of new species

A recently published study finds that competition for ecological niches limits the evolution of new species. Further, this study finds that speciation rate slows or even stops as available ecological niches fill up.<p>Why are there so many more species in some regions than in others? According to a …

Clams gobble toxins to clean up streams

Clams and mussels may be a more effective, less expensive way to clean harmful chemicals from streams, rivers, and lakes.<p>Pharmaceuticals, personal …

How bats track bugs through trees

Bats are amazingly skilled at tracking bugs through trees. How they do it could help explain how people focus on objects in cluttered scenes.<p>James …

Laser makes microscopes way cooler

(Phys.org) —Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small …

Vampire Plant Sucks Victim's Genes While Feeding

Like an herbivorous Count Dracula, a snakelike vine coils around its leafy victim, punctures its stem and proceeds to suck out its life juices.<p>The …

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1,024 Robots Self-Assemble Into Any Shape You Want

Hi, guys! There sure are a lot of you.<p>How does one charge 1,000 robots? It would be a pain to plug them all in individually. Luckily, there's an easier way with Kilobots. These little robots have round bodies about the diameter of a quarter, with a metal spring on top and three thin metal legs. To …

Robotics

True facts about anglerfish

To the female anglerfish, the human male is a very loud, annoying and unnecessarily complicated pair of gonads.<p>Caturday has arrived once again, so it's time to watch some animals doing stuff! Today's caturday animal is the anglerfish, an ancient taxonomic order of bony fishes that arose sometime …

Who governs science? | Stephen Curry

Traditionally, science holds itself to account, primarily through internal systems of peer review. But the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research by the journal Nature highlights weaknesses in this self-regulatory framework that scientists need to address<p>To err is human, so why …

Inside the cell, an ocean of buffeting waves

Conventional wisdom holds that the cytoplasm of mammalian cells is a viscous fluid, with organelles and proteins suspended within it, jiggling …

Turn Empty Beer Cans Into Sun-Tracking Cameras

Best use of a six-pack in a while<p>In a world of digital cameras and instant gratification, photographer Justin Quinnell embraces pinhole photography, a technique hundreds of years old. He uses beer cans and photographic paper to record the gradual shift in the sun’s path over the course of several …

Pinhole Cameras

Stem cell research gets huge boost from Australian zebrafish discovery

Australian researchers studying zebrafish have made one of the most significant ever discoveries in stem cell research.<p>They have uncovered the mystery of how a critical type of stem cell found in blood and bone marrow, and essential to replenishing the body’s supply of blood and immune cells, is …