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Robo Touch

By | September 1, 2012

Because of a lack of touch, upper-limb prosthetic users must look at their prosthetic hands the whole time they use them. Unfortunately, the prosthetics research community has put most of its efforts into making arms with wider ranges of motion and m

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Shark Cafés

By | August 30, 2012

Stanford University’s Barbara Block and colleagues set up acoustic receivers to track sharks throughout the northern Pacific. Fixed buoy receivers and mobile Wave Gliders alert the researchers—and users of the new iPhone/iPad app Shark Net—when a tag

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Designing Bat Homes

August 2, 2012

Strung between a cluster of trees in a quiet nature reserve in Buffalo, New York, is a collection of large, metal pods. For now, they are quiet day and night, but the pods' architect, Joyce Hwang, hopes that in future twilights, they will be buzzing

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Best in Academia, 2012

By | August 1, 2012

Topping this year’s survey of academic researchers is the J. David Gladstone Institutes, a San Francisco-based nonprofit biomedical research organization with a focus on cardiovascular disease, virology and immunology, and neurodegenerative disorders

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Painting Macromolecules

By | August 1, 2012

Although originally trained as an architect, Irving Geis dedicated his life to creating images of molecules that taught viewers about their structure and function. Beginning in 1948, Geis illustrated scientific concepts for Scientific American—a job

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Anti-Doping Research Gets Creative

By | July 27, 2012

Elite runners maintain fantastic levels of fitness, with low body fat percentages and high maximal aerobic capacity.

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The Mechanical Body

By | July 26, 2012

“The body is a fascinating machine,” says Sandra Shefelbine, a biomechanics expert at Imperial College, London, in this 3-minute educational video by the Wellcome Trust illustrating the principles of muscle movement. “And we don’t understand most of

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The Coral Cowboy

By | July 20, 2012

Biologist David Gruber dives the glowing ocean to discover new fluorescent molecules that could one day find their way to the lab bench. This slideshow is provided by Scienceline, a project of New York University's Science, Health and Environmenta

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Mapping Zoonoses

By | July 9, 2012

Diseases that can be shared between humans and animals, like rabies or bovine tuberculosis, have an enormous impact around the world. 

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Meet the Bugs

By | July 6, 2012

The Victoria Bug Zoo is extremely small. In 1997, the Zoo's founder, Carol Maier, started the collection, which now includes more than 50 insect species, after completing her entomology degree from the University of Guelph. 

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