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Friction Physics Reveals Details Of How People Hauled 100-Plus-Ton Stones To China's Forbidden City

Sounds like cold, hard work<p>Records say that in 15th-century China, workers hauled 100-ton-plus stone blocks 43 miles from a quarry to build the Forbidden City, over man-made paths.<p>The workers dug wells every half-kilometer to reach water, which they would pour to create ice roads in the deep …

Engineering

How Pictures Of Infant Boy's Eyes Helped Diagnose Cancer

Bryan Shaw never expected to write a research paper about a rare eye cancer.<p>He's a chemist who works on how metals and proteins interact. But life has a funny way of interrupting the best-laid plans, and now Shaw may be on to a powerful new way to detect retinoblastoma in newborns. Such early …

Scientists figure out how diabetes drug lowers blood sugar - Futurity

New research solves they mystery of how the drug metformin lowers blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes

Scientists reveal the full power of the Chelyabinsk meteor explosion

At its most intense, meteor fireball glowed 30 times brighter than the sun causing skin and retinal burns, say researchers<p>Scientists have published the most complete picture yet of the devastation caused by the meteor that exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia this year.<p>The 20-metre-wide …

Brain-machine interface lets monkey control two robotic arms

In February, Duke scientists announced a brain-machine interface that allowed a rhesus monkey to control a single robotic arm more than 7000 miles away. Today, they've expanded on the previous experiment, announcing an improved interface that allows for independent control of two arms, assimilating …

Best time to drink a cup of coffee: 10.30am

The best time to drink a cup of coffee to get your daily hit of caffeine is between 9.30am and 11.30am, according to neuroscientists<p>It may seem that a cup of strong coffee first thing in the morning is the best way to get yourself going, but in fact waiting until later may be better.<p>Scientists have …

Coffee