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Cockroach robot won't break after being repeatedly stamped on

Me, 31/07/2019 - 20:00
A tiny robot keeps on working no matter how hard researchers stamp on it. It weighs less than 0.01 grams but has the staying power of a cockroach

Humans are good at smelling cheese thanks to special smell receptors

Me, 31/07/2019 - 20:00
Humans are good at smelling cheese, sweat and sweet odours because we have more receptors for them than anything else, probably to help us choose which foods to eat

It's too soon to tell if DeepMind's medical AI will save any lives

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
A DeepMind AI can predict whether someone will get acute kidney injury 48 hours before it occurs, but it's too soon to tell if the tech will actually make a difference

The human placenta may not have a microbiome after all

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Recent evidence that the placenta has its own community of microbes is now uncertain as it seems the experiments were corrupted by contamination

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili on Leeds United, Einstein and quantum biology

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Quantum physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili talks footballing ambitions, dream chats with Einstein and the incredible connection between gravity and space-time

Neuroscientist Ed Boyden is decoding the brain with the power of light

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Understanding the workings of our minds is one of science's greatest challenges. With the help of flashing lights and materials used in diapers, we could find out what thoughts are made of

What if you could erase your political opponents? Sci-fi has answers

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Empty Hearts is an exciting thriller with a disturbing way of dealing with people you disagree with politically, says Helen Marshall in her latest sci-fi column

The global economy is broken, it must work for people, not vice versa

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Three new books reveal the same picture: the global economy is shattered. They suggest how a more people-focused approach than capitalism might alleviate poverty and encourage jobs

How to suck water from desert air and quench the planet's thirst

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
The global water supply is limited, and shortages will affect over 1.8 billion people by 2025. Fortunately, we've discovered a way to pull water from thin air - even in the desert

Undiscovered dinosaurs: We are entering the golden era of fossil finds

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
From tiny tyrannosaurs to species that soar on bat wings, new dinosaurs are unearthed every month. And the strangest discoveries may yet be lying in wait

How to build a motion-detector wildlife camera with an old smartphone

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Make a motion-controlled wildlife camera with an old smartphone and find out what birds, bees, butterflies and badgers are visiting your garden

This self-riding bicycle follows you around while you walk

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
A chip used to control an autonomous bicycle is inspired by the brain and could pave the way for AI with a broader range of abilities

Before building another telescope, learn from Hawaiian culture

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Amid continued protests over the construction of the Thirty Metre Telescope on Mauna Kea, Haunani Kane suggests scientists can learn from Hawaiian culture

Should we eat local to cut food miles, or does it make no difference?

Me, 31/07/2019 - 19:00
Reducing food miles seems a sensible and straightforward way to cut carbon emissions. But digging into the science shows it's not that simple, says James Wong

Russia has declared a state of emergency over Siberian wildfires

Me, 31/07/2019 - 17:37
Russia has declared a state of emergency in five Siberian regions after a million people signed petitions demanding action on unprecedented wildfires

Countries are turning off the internet to stop violence. Does it work?

Me, 31/07/2019 - 13:45
Governments are increasingly shutting down access to the internet in an effort to curb organised violence. But evidence shows it usually makes things worse

Is reality real? How evolution blinds us to the truth about the world

Me, 31/07/2019 - 13:00
We assume our senses see reality as it is - but that could be just an evolved illusion obscuring the true workings of quantum theory and consciousness

Birds can thank attractive dinosaurs for their flight feathers

Me, 31/07/2019 - 12:14
Birds' feathers are so complicated that it was a mystery how they evolved. The answer might be a rare combination of natural and sexual selection

There may be just 19 endangered vaquita porpoises left in the world

Me, 31/07/2019 - 01:01
The vaquita, a small porpoise and the most endangered marine mammal, has long been threatened by fishing nets. A new study says there are just 19 animals left

Lyme disease may be more common in the UK than we thought

Me, 31/07/2019 - 00:30
An analysis of Lyme disease cases in the UK suggests that the infection may be three times more common than the current estimates