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Video: Robot Gets Pelted By Dodgeballs

ATRIAS is agile, but not agile enough<p>ATRIAS, an acronym for Assume The Robot Is A Sphere, is a bipedal machine built by researchers from Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory . The robot bounces around thanks to four carbon-fiber shafts attached to elastic fiberglass springs.<p>In …

ISS Crew Discusses Life in Space

A tangle of stars in Berenices’ Hair

A faraway cluster of stars known the Coma star cluster requires a dark sky to be seen. It is in the constellation Coma Berenices – also known as …

Do Plants Get Stressed?

I spent the last several months thinking about stress, not only because I was actively stressed over deadlines and the like, but also because I wrote the March <i>Popular Science</i> cover story on the subject. Last year, I did a similar piece on sleep, which spilled over to this blog as a series exploring …

Mosquitoes

Women struggling to conceive have more hope this Mother's Day

Mother's Day hope: A new IVF breakthrough could mean more women will be able to conceive this year. Professor Geeta Nargund explains all<p>With Mothers’ Day upon us, and the media saturated with advertisers pushing images of happy mums and perfect children, this can be an agonising time for women …

Pregnancy

Are the world’s oldest mummies being damaged by a changing climate?

Some seven millennia ago or more, a group of people called the Chinchorro lived along the coasts of northern Chile and southern Peru. Their lives revolved around fishing from the rich Pacific waters, even as a uniquely arid desert – the Atacama – lay inland behind them.<p>The Chinchorro were unique in …

Archaeology

New Barbie Sends Kids' Private Thoughts To The Cloud

You can brush her hair, surveillance everywhere<p>Unveiled last month, Hello Barbie is a clever toy with a little bit of an oversharing problem. With a microphone, Hello Barbie can listen to what children tell it. With a computer and a Wi-Fi connection, Hello Barbie can take those words, encrypt them, …

Ooze, Fog And Climate Change Threaten Mummies

The oldest mummies in the world are in northern Chile. Preserved for seven thousand years, the mummies are now deteriorating, and scientists say climate changes are to blame.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Northern Chile is home to some 7,000-year-old mummies, some of the oldest mummies in the world. …

Archaeology

Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Alan Rusbridger, editor of <i>The Guardian</i>, about his recent column detailing his personal motivation for intensifying the paper's focus on climate change coverage.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. There's going to be a lot …

Climate

The 'Math Guy' Presents 5 Facts About 3.14

People across the world are eating pies and celebrating the circle this Saturday — and this year's Pi Day is particularly special. The full date, 3/14/15, is pi to the first four places. At 9:26 a.m. and 53 seconds, you can even celebrate pi to <i>nine</i> places: 3.141592653.<p>NPR's Math Guy, Keith Devlin …

Mathematics

Happy birthday, Albert Einstein

Born on this date in 1879, Einstein changed our notions of space, time and matter – launched modern physics – and became a household name.<p><b>March 14,</b> …

A meandering tale: the truth about pi and rivers

Pi Day 2015: A well known fact about pi is that it describes the bendiness of rivers. I wanted to test this theory, and so I crowd-sourced river lengths to find out<p>Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world …

Mathematics

Pi Day 2015: meet the man who invented π

Anglesey-born William Jones was the first person to use the Greek letter π for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. But who was this little-known figure?<p>In 1706, William Jones – a self-taught mathematician and one of Anglesey’s most famous sons – published his seminal work,</i> …

Mathematics

Why do pet parrots mimic people?

Since today is “Caturday”, I had to share some videos of one of my favourite birds in the world, the diminutive budgerigar named Disco. Disco lives in western New York with his family, which includes three humans, a miniature schnauzer, and a guinea pig. But what makes Disco so interesting and …

Birds

Where’s the justice in geoengineering?

As geoengineering researchers gather for a conference in Cambridge, Duncan McLaren draws lessons from ethics and science fiction to make a case for caution<p><i>(This post is based on a lecture given earlier today at the SRM Science conference in Cambridge)</i><p>Geoengineering is a technology that promises …

Climate

Onions CAN taste like apples: the Tony Abbott effect

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently caused much confusion by publicly eating a raw onion in the manner people would usually eat apples, with no complaint or objection. Whilst baffling to many, this may be one instance where science supports Tony Abbott’s actions.<p>Australian Prime Minister …

Onions