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How We Made an Octopus-Inspired Surgical Robot Using Coffee

A man moves his finger toward SVH (Servo Electric 5 Finger Gripping Hand) automated hand made by Schunk during the 2014 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Madrid on November 19, 2014. (Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)
A man moves his finger toward SVH (Servo Electric 5 Finger Gripping Hand) automated hand made by Schunk during the 2014 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Madrid on November 19, 2014. (Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)

The unparalleled motion and manipulation abilities of soft-bodied animals such as the octopus have intrigued biologists for many years. How can an animal that has...

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    Jumbled Arrangement of Atoms Allows Bulk Metallic Glasses to Flow Like Honey

    Metals are one of the most-used materials in the modern built world, found in everything from buildings to aircraft to smartphones. While most metals are... Read more

  • Forensic scientists working in the crime laboratory located in Ridgepoint House. (West Midlands Police/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Bacteria on Shoes Could Help Forensic Teams Catch Suspects

    Prospective criminals should take note: bacteria are everywhere. A small pilot study has shown that the germs on personal belongings such as shoes and mobile... Read more

  • (At around 212 degrees Fahrenheit, just a touch could make the material crystallize, causing it to change from dark red to bright yellow. (Picsfive/iStock)

    Slightest Touch Makes Liquid Glow Bright Yellow

    Engineers have developed a new material that stays liquid more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit below its expected freezing point, but a light touch can cause... Read more

  • Despite current opinion, psychosis precedes only 12 percent of violent acts. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

    Hallucinations Rarely Precede Mass Shootings

    Hallucinations and delusions associated with psychiatric disorders rarely foreshadow acts of violence. That finding by researchers counters commonly held beliefs that psychosis triggers violent crimes,... Read more

  • "Actually seeing people say one thing and—at the same time—write another is startling and surprising," says Brenda Rapp.  (CJMGrafx/iStock)

    Writing and Speaking Are Totally Separate in the Brain

    If you suffer brain damage that dramatically affects your ability to speak, your ability to write could be completely unaffected—or vice versa. While writing evolved... Read more

  • Hershey's chocolate bars are shown on July 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Hershey’s Just Paid for a Study to Convince You Chocolate Is Healthy

    A team of researchers at Northern Arizona University has found that dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and act as a stimulant for the brain... Read more

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    On a Noisy Airplane, Some Foods Taste Different

    In noisy situations—like the 85 decibels passengers are exposed to while on an airplane—foods rich in umami flavor get a major boost, but sweet tastes... Read more

  • Researchers have made a breakthrough in understanding exactly how ancient dinosaurs evolved into modern birds. (AOL Screenshot)

    How the Beak is Providing a Breakthrough in Bird Evolution (Video)

    If you want to get the most realistic look at some dinosaurs this summer, your best bet really isn’t “Jurassic World.” No, your best bet... Read more

  • An illustration of the scurimobile,  from the book “Magic, Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions Including Trick Photography.” (Public Domain) Background: Machine gears (Shutterstock*)

    What’s a Scurimobile? What’s a Photographic Gun? Check Out These Crazy Inventions

    The scurimobile was invented by Alessandro Scuri of Belgium, also the inventor of the unicycle, in the 19th century. It is a gun with two... Read more

  • The fine hairs on the underside of this sunflower are trichomes, single-celled structures that can shed light on how plant cells get their shape. (Dorian Wallender/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Fiber ‘Roadways’ Drive How Plants Take Shape

    The discovery of how plants control their shape and development at the cellular level could lead to better cotton fibers, plants that are better able... Read more

  • A BBC documentary shows scientists revealing that most of the 800 ancient Egyptian animal mummies they scanned do not contain full skeletons; in fact, many contain no animal remains at all. (AOL Screenshot)

    Many Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies Have Little To No Skeletal Remains (Video)

    Thanks to technology, scientists now know that around two-thirds of more than 800 animal mummies from ancient Egypt do not contain full animal skeletons. In... Read more

  • I can get you there fast! (Craig Cormack, CC BY 4.0)

    Faster-Than-Light Travel: Are We There Yet?

    Long before the Empire struck back, before the United Federation of Planets federated, Isaac Asimov created Foundation, the epic tale of the decline and fall... Read more

  • A smartphone analyzes a blood sample for parasites (Mike D’Ambrosio and Matt Bakalar, Fletcher Lab, UC Berkeley)

    Smartphones Can Now Detect Parasites in Your Blood

    River blindness afflicts around 25 million people around the world, mostly in Africa and South America. The disease can be treated with the ivermectin drug... Read more

  • Scientists discovered an array of sensory touch receptors in bat wings—a significant number of which are clustered at the base of tiny hairs that cover the appendages.  (kajornyot/iStock)

    Touch Sensors on Wings Let Bats ‘Feel’ Airflow

    Bats are able to fly with such breathtaking precision because their wings send data about even minuscule changes in airflow to their brains. It is... Read more

  • Residents look at a helicopter delivering aid in remote areas of quake-struck Nepal on May 1, 2015 in Kalchowk, Nepal. (Omar Havana/Getty Images)

    Nepal Quake Was Felt in the Upper Atmosphere, and That’s a Good Thing

    About 21 minutes after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal on April 25, waves of energy penetrated the Earth’s upper atmosphere creating a disturbance, NASA discovered. This observation could bring scientists... Read more

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    Each Vineyard Has a Unique Microbiome

    While a few known strains of bacteria can destroy plants, it’s likely that hundreds to thousands of other species actually help them—living in a complex,... Read more