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This little robot moves in and out of the sun to care for a plant that lives on its back

Tianqi Sun, CEO of robotics firm Vincross, has created a delightful mod of his robot Hexa which cares for a houseplant when the owner is too forgetful to water it.<p>Hexa is a small crab-like looking robot, which is available to buy for $949 and is designed to give people the chance to experiment with …

Amazon bans customers who return items too often

Shoppers have taken to social media after being "exiled" from the online storefront<p>Amazon may not be the customer-friendly, free returns paradise it …

A Fossilised Skull Has Revealed When The Last 'Siberian Unicorn' Lived on Earth

Unicorns are real!<p>For decades, scientists have estimated that the Siberian unicorn - a long-extinct species of mammal that looked more like a rhino …

We Finally Understand How Meteors Explode When They Reach Earth's Atmosphere

It's so much cooler than just "burning up".<p>Earth is no stranger to meteors. In fact, meteor showers are a regular occurrence, where small objects …

This Scientist Wants to Send Building Blocks of Life to Distant Exoplanets

He calls it the "Genesis Project".<p>A German theoretical physicist has proposed a modification to the first-ever interstellar spacecraft that would …

NASA’s new titanium tires can never get a flat

Ever since man started thinking about putting things on other planetary bodies, transport has been a concern. Wheels are the obvious means of getting …

People With Loads of Facebook Friends Share an Interesting Trait, Says Study

They treat friends as possessions.<p>If you don't have a lot of friends on social media, it may mean that you are just a little less concerned with …

Social Media

New evidence shows the sugar industry suppressed studies linking sugar to heart disease and cancer

For decades, sugar lobbyists have been taking aim at studies linking sugar and cancer.<p>When a study last year found that mice on sugar-heavy diets were more likely to develop breast cancer, the Sugar Association, one of the biggest sugar lobbying groups in the US, called it "sensationalized." The …

Diabetes

Why Pavlov Matters: Associative Learning Plays a Vital Role in Our Daily Lives

The science of learning has more fully developed the function of Pavlovian conditioning than the facile characterization so often posed in the …

Scientists find interstellar object in solar system

'Oumuamua' is the first observed interstellar asteroid from outside our solar system

Astronomy

How to stop over 400 sites logging everything you type: A complete list of every site using session replay scripts

Here's how you can protect yourself from one of the biggest security flaws on the internet<p>You've read the news about session replay scripts and how …

Virgin Galactic may offer superfast city-to-city flights

Space tourism company’s craft would fly much faster than the supersonic Concorde.<p>Suborbital space tourism and research may be just the beginning for Virgin Galactic.<p>The private spaceflight company eventually aims to add superfast point-to-point passenger flights to its repertoire, which would …

The Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Triggered a Worse Global Disaster Than Ever Imagined

40,000 US nuclear arsenals in a matter of seconds.<p>Fighters may prefer to land straight-on punches, but when it comes to asteroid and comet impacts, …

8 'Facts' About The Human Body Debunked by Science

No, you're not "double-jointed".<p>When you know a particular topic really well, you might say you know it like the back of your hand. But how well do …

There is such a thing as 'fault-free obesity,' after all

New research confirms the very thing that fat activists and body positive campaigners have been trying to tell us for ages: being overweight is not …

Fisker solid-state battery promises 500-mile range, 1-minute charging

Solid-state batteries represent the holy grail for automakers as they promise a driving range for electric cars comparable to internal combustion …

Electric Vehicles

Butterfly wings inspire solar cell efficiency

<b>The nanostructure of the wings of a black butterfly could be the key to boosting the efficiency of a promising type of lower cost photovoltaic</b> …

Clean Energy

Coconut crabs are a bird’s worst nightmare

Imagine you’re a red-footed booby napping on a not-quite-high-enough branch of a tree. It’s nighttime on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, …

Zoology

Google adds salaries to its job search tool

Google already has some tools to help you find a job, but there's been a missing ingredient: salaries. How do you know whether or not it's worth pursuing a new role short of visiting another website? You shouldn't have to worry much longer. Google is adding a suite of new job search tools, most …

How to switch from Chrome to Firefox Quantum in under 2 minutes

Having used Chrome for ages, I’ve gotten used to the browser’s sluggish performance and gluttony for system memory, and I’ve a feeling I’m not alone.<p>With the launch of Firefox Quantum, we can finally break free from those shackles: the latest version of Mozilla’s browser uses an all-new CSS engine …

Google

From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness.<p>World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.<p>Of course, …

Psychology

There's even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing we have to a miracle drug

Get moving.<p>A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month, suggests that any type of exercise that raises your heart rate and gets you moving and sweating for a sustained period — known as aerobic exercise— has a significant, beneficial effect on the brain.<p>"Aerobic exercise …

Exercise

11 Out-of-This-World Curry Dishes

Take your tastebuds on a flavor trip.<p>From soups to seafood to ... taquitos? Totally!

Learn to Code: Harvard's Free Online Computer Science Course

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, SQL, PHP, and More<p>Harvard’s “Introduction to Computer Science” course is widely regarded as the best computer science …

A large new study has found a link between sugar and mood disorders

The thought of a cupcake, skillfully frosted with fluffy vanilla icing, may put a smile on your face, but research suggests that, in the long term, a …

Things to Grill in Foil

You can grill anything in foil: bread pudding, succotash, paella and more from Food Network Magazine.<p>Jerk Chicken Wings (No. 4)<p>Toss 6 split chicken …

The Science Behind The Super Abilities Of Sherpas

Sherpas are extraordinary human beings.<p>In the high peaks of the Himalayas, members of the Nepalese ethnic group are famous for their speed-climbing records, ascents of routes that no one has ascended before, expert guiding and other skills.<p>What makes Sherpas so good at climbing into the wispy …

Thirty-Three Famous Physicists Sign Angry Letter About the Origin of the Universe

Cosmologists are in the business of figuring out how and why we got here. But if you call their work unscientific, you’re sure to set off a nerve.<p>A …

Scientists studying cancer stumble on 'breakthrough' in search for baldness cure

A cream or ointment may soon cure baldness or stop hair turning grey, a new study suggests.<p>The cells that makes hairs and turns it grey was accidentally discovered by US scientists as they explored how certain cancer tumours form.<p>The breakthrough could one day identify possible treatments for …

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