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Watch This Tiny Robot Leap Over Walls [Video]

Hello, TailBot!<p>With the goal of making a robot that can run, jump, and maneuver in the air, a student team at Michigan State University came up with this monkey-like miniature machine: TailBot. It is <i>super</i> goofy. For example: to run, it doesn't run on its legs so much as knock itself over with its …

Wise old birds teach migration route to young whooping cranes

A study of captive-bred whooping cranes found that young birds learn their migration routes over many years, and migrating alongside older birds improves the migratory efficiency of younger birds.<p>Ever since people first realised that birds migrate long distances on a seasonal basis, they've …

The Microsoft-Nokia Deal Is a Good Idea That Came Too Late

Windows is dead. Let’s all salute it—pour out a glass for it, burn a CD for it, reboot your PC one last time. Windows had a good run. For a time, it …

Mobile

The Weird Truth About Arabic Numerals

How To 3-D Print Your Own Invisibility Cloak

Now you see it...<p>The invisibility cloak Harry Potter brandishes against dark lords and nosy professors is now a reality—at least in microwave light. Duke University engineer Yaroslav Urzhumov has designed a plastic disk that makes a small object placed in its hollow center invisible to frequencies …

Does milk settle an upset stomach?

When you’re feeling too ill to eat, is the best cure a soothing glass of milk? Claudia Hammond explains why this might do the opposite, and make you feel worse.<p>When you’re feeling too ill to eat, or have indigestion, what could be better than a gentle, thick glass of milk to settle your stomach? …

Alternative Medicine

Lights Out In Venezuela; President Blames Opposition Saboteurs

Venezuela's President Nicholas Maduro said a massive power outage that plunged most of the country into darkness Tuesday, causing traffic chaos in the bustling capital of Caracas, was due to sabotage.<p>Officials said 70 percent of the country was without electricity, shutting down traffic lights and …

Space

These composite photos show off our solar system in all its glory.<p>See More<p>Tumbling through space, 433 Eros is the first near-Earth asteroid ever …

Heartbeats to replace traditional passwords

Our heartbeats could be used instead of traditional passwords to unlock smartphones, tablets and cars using a new device being developed by Canadian company Bionym.<p>Passwords scrawled on a scrap of paper are easily lost, jumbled letters and numbers are quickly forgotten and, with “password” still …

Information Systems

New Clues to Memory Glitch Behind 'Senior Moments'

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?<p>Many planets in our solar …

Astronomy

The Inside Story On The Fear Of Holes

Trypophobia may be moving out of the urban dictionary and into the scientific literature.<p>A recent study in the peer-review journal <i>Psychological Science</i> takes a first crack at explaining why some people may suffer from a fear of holes.<p>Trypophobia may be hard to find in textbooks and diagnostic …

Who can see where you are when you tweet? - Futurity

Location information from Twitter profiles is more publicly available than most people realize. A new …

Rights & Freedoms

Congressman hitches a ride in a stealthy self-driving Cadillac

Google's not the only entity testing self-driving cars on actual US roads. Today, Bill Schuster (R-PA), the congressman who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, took a 33-mile trip in an autonomous vehicle built by Carnegie Mellon University and funded by General Motors. …

Dogs

Why Do Skyscrapers Melt Things?

How did a London skyscraper melt a parked car?<p><b>What happened?</b><br>Talk about a hazardous parking job. Last Thursday, Martin Lindsay parked his Jaguar XJ across the street from the curvy 37 story, glass-and-steel skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street in London, and walked away. When he came back, his car had …

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