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After Years of Problems, NASA's Robonaut Is Coming Home

A tricky electrical issue kept the robot from living up to its potential.<p>NASA launched Robonaut 2 into space in February of 2011. This was a big deal: the humanoid robot would be the first of its kind in orbit. Robonaut was intended to help the astronauts aboard the ISS complete mundane tasks and …

Stress in fathers may alter sperm and affect behaviour in offspring

Stressed fathers may end up with changes to their sperm that could affect behaviour in their offspring, research in mice has shown.<p>Previous work by the team found that male mice who were exposed to a mildly stressful event, such as being restrained, produced sperm that was richer in certain types …

Neuroscience

Dubai space center is joining the race to Mars

Elon Musk has a new challenger in the race to colonize Mars.<p>The United Arab Emirates is using its oil wealth to finance a homegrown space program. It plans to launch its first mission to the red planet by 2021, and hopes to settle humans there 99 years from now.<p>The small Gulf state has so far …

Space Exploration

Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters

<b>US scientists believe they have identified a new gene mutation that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer, and is passed from father to daughter.</b><p>It is inherited through the X-chromosome and is independent of other known susceptibility genes that women can already be tested for.<p>Experts say more …

Cancer

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

When You’ve Done Enough, Do More

How do you become truly influential? We’ve found that the most highly respected leaders avoid techniques to gain short-term compliance; they also steer clear of a self-centered “How can I get people to do what I want?” mindset. Instead, they take a different approach altogether.<p>We interviewed over …