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Water in Helheim Glacier Makes Its Way to the Ocean

New NASA research found that large crevasses provide aquifer water upstream of Greenland's Helheim Glacier with a clear escape to the ocean. This discovery helps confirm that the water, which is held in a layer of cru...

Almost-invisible hydrogel robots that can grab quickly

These almost-invisible robot hands can grab things quickly. MIT engineers have been working to create a durable gel formula that can be 3-D printed and laser cut into soft robotic parts, like flapping fish fins or gen...

The psychology behind ‘Us vs Them’ – BrainCraft

How do we weigh our own best interests against the best interests of others? This question can be extended beyond 'Me vs You' and into the 'Us and Them.' How do I weigh my family's self interests against the needs of ...

How smart is a spitting archerfish?

Watch how the archerfish hunts for its food and you'll see how it got its name. With accurate aim, its mouth can shoot a tiny jet of water at insects and other prey located above the water's surface and as far as six ...

An origami-inspired model for reconfigurable materials

Metamaterials — materials whose function is determined by structure, not composition — have been designed to bend light and sound, transform from soft to stiff, and even dampen seismic waves from earthquakes. But each...

What to Expect From an Expecting Seahorse

Although it's well known that seahorses and their cousins the pipefish are the only vertebrates where males become pregnant, researchers have only begun to understand how this unique adaptation works. By studying the ...

Goffin’s cockatoos try to create tools to reach a treat

Are cockatoos as smart as a human 3 year old? Watch these four Goffin's cockatoos attempt to create their own tools from a twig, larchwood, cardboard, and beeswax, an experiment by researchers from the University of V...

ChainFORM, robot modules that can transform

Can one system of tiny robo-modules attached together in a line transform into multiple tools, interfaces, and creative opportunities? This is ChainFORM from a team at MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group, a hardware ...

Can bumblebees teach each other to pull a string?

This worker bumblebee has been taught that if she pulls the string, she'll be able to get to the artificial blue flower's sucrose solution center. Scientists from the Bee Behavioural and Sensory Ecology Lab at Queen M...

Watch These Frustrated Squirrels Go Nuts – Deep Look

How do you know when a squirrel is happy? Warning a predator? Protecting its food? Frustrated? The key to understanding their mood is not in their expressionless faces... it's in their tail movements. Enter the resear...

‘Electric Wind’ Can Strip Earth-like Planets of Oceans, Atmospheres

'Electric wind' on Venus may have stripped the planet's upper atmosphere of oxygen... and it "may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans, according to new research results from t...

Lightning storm recorded at 7,000 frames per second

Watch lightning streak down through the sky in this high speed footage via Professor Ningyu Liu of the Geospace Physics Laboratory in Florida Tech's Department of Physics and Space Sciences. Recorded at 7,000 fram...

Rock-Paper-Scissors Lizards

Biologists from UC Santa Cruz are studying the three distinct mating strategies of what's being referred to as "rock-paper-scissors lizards," the blue, orange, and yellow variations of the Western side-blotched lizard...

Live Stream: NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer in the Mariana Trench

While exploring the Mariana Trench -- the deepest part of our planet's oceans -- on April 24, 2016, researchers aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Okeanos Explorer saw a bioluminescent...

Stanford’s one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds & drones

An engineering team at Stanford University, lead by engineering professor David Lentink, built a one-of-a-kind wind tunnel in order to observe, measure, and record the minute details of how birds fly. Their goal: To m...

Roboraptors and the Alarm Call Network

What's one way that you might study bird calls and communication, especially around alarm calls? Try revealing a predator in the forest... but not just any kind of predator. A robo-predator. ...the researchers em­...

A submarine team discovers thousands of swarming red crabs

This spectacular swarm of red crabs was discovered in low-oxygen waters just above the seafloor at the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama. From whoi.edu: Jesús Pineda, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanog...

An amazing murmuration of 70,000 starlings

In autumn and winter in the United Kingdom, giant murmurations of starlings come out at dusk and perform breathtaking aerobatics before they settle into the surrounding landscape. This undulating flock of 70,000 starl...

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