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What You Should Know About Shark Attacks After Recent Bites

Two teens recently lost their arms. Why sharks attack—and how to reduce the risk of the very rare encounters.<p><i>Updated at 5 pm ET on June 16.</i><p>Shark attacks have been rising steadily for more than a century.<p>“The number of worldwide unprovoked shark attacks has grown at a steady pace since 1900, with …

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Tiny robots pull objects up to 2,000 times their own weight

The equivalent of a human dragging a blue whale<p>Engineers from Stanford University have created miniature robots named "MicroTugs" capable of pulling and lifting objects more than 100 times their own weight. The strongest of the bots weighs just 12 grams but can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than …


Could cell 'backpacks' deliver inflammation drugs? - Futurity

Giving a type of white blood cells "cellular backpacks" could be a way to carry medicine to the site of inflammation.

Curiosity has discovered organic matter on Mars

Molecules found by Curiosity on Mars have been confirmed as organic matter -- the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life.<p>The Curiosity rover has found and analysed the first definitively identified piece of organic matter on the surface of Mars.<p>These organic molecules, consisting …

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Throwback Thursday: 11 Amazing Costume Ideas From The PopSci Archives

Get inspired for Halloween<p>Forget disco chic, or flower power-era costumes. Here are 11 truly retro Halloween costume ideas from our archives. This Throwback Thursday, we bring you the most eerie and wacky outfits to ever grace the pages of <i>Popular Science</i>.

Approved therapy tested on autoimmune diseases - Futurity

A new way to treat autoimmune diseases such as type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis is showing promising early results.

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery

Medical team regrow cells of patient’s severed spine in breakthrough that offers hope to millions with disability<p>A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord …

Scientist Gives Himself Fecal Transplant To Try A Hunter-Gatherer's Microbiome

Why a field researcher from America has exposed his colon to the gut microbiome of a tribesman from Tanzania<p>It's not often we encounter a story that begins with a line like this:<p>“AS THE SUN set over Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, nearly thirty minutes had passed since I had inserted a turkey baster into …

The New Inflatable Chinese Drone: Battlefield Balloons?

While Chinese industry is often accused of copy-catting and IP theft, its robotics research has often showed great originality. Case in point, at the Tianjin International UAV Exhibit, a Chinese manufacturer debuted an inflatable UAV. It is designed for low speed, low altitude roles, such as …

Wrap Your Head Around This One: Potentially Immortal Bacteria That Eat Electricity and Could Become Living Batteries

One of the stranger (and little known) facts of nature is that our living cells are electric, or can carry electricity. Every thought, feeling and …

Engineered Bacteria Excrete Propane Fuel

Researchers want to harness your stomach bugs in the service of your barbecue<p>Propane, the gas that fuels your barbecue (and perhaps one day your car), may soon have a new, renewable source.<p>Researchers in Finland and England developed a genetic process that puts <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to work producing the …