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A Massive Global Effort Maps How the Brain is Wired - Scientific American

A Massive Global Effort Maps How the Brain is Wired - Scientific American | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
With innovative tools, connectome scientists are tracing the superhighways and footpaths of the brain
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The Surprising Physics of Pulling a Bike With a Rubber Band | WIRED

The Surprising Physics of Pulling a Bike With a Rubber Band | WIRED | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
If I pull forward on a bike at the bottom of the front wheel, which way will it move? Can you use physics to justify your answer?
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Military's Prosthetic Hand Can Feel : Discovery News

Military's Prosthetic Hand Can Feel : Discovery News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists wired electrodes into a patient's sensory cortex, the part of the brain that identifies tactile sensations.
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ench 3D-printing company Fabulous has brought together a team of scientists and architects to imagine a bubble-shaped habitat for Mars that can be printed on the red planet.

ench 3D-printing company Fabulous has brought together a team of scientists and architects to imagine a bubble-shaped habitat for Mars that can be printed on the red planet. | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

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Altered protein makes mice smarter

Altered protein makes mice smarter | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
By tweaking a single gene, scientists have turned average mice into supersmart daredevils.
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Quantum weirdness proved real in first loophole-free experiment

Quantum weirdness proved real in first loophole-free experiment | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A century-long debate about whether quantum mechanics described reality or masked a deeper layer, as Einstein suggested, has concluded – quantum reality won
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A robot has just passed a classic self-awareness test for the first time

A robot has just passed a classic self-awareness test for the first time | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A researcher at Ransselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US has given three Nao robots an updated version of the classic ' wise men puzzle ' self-awareness test... and one of them has managed to pass. In the classic test, a hypothetical King calls...
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Soon your cracked smartphone screen will be able to self-repair

Soon your cracked smartphone screen will be able to self-repair | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A new self-repairing material has been developed by researchers in the UK and they say it’ll be ready to integrate into everything from smartphone screens to nail varnish within the next five years. Originally developed for aeroplane wings , the...
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3-D-printed robot is hard inside, soft outside, and capable of jumping without hurting itself | KurzweilAI

3-D-printed robot is hard inside, soft outside, and capable of jumping without hurting itself | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Left: the rigid top fractures on landing, while the top made of nine layers going from rigid to flexible remains intact (credit: Jacobs School of
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The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected

The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The Netherlands made headlines last year when it built the world's first solar road - an energy-harvesting bike path paved with glass-coated solar panels. Now, six months into the trial, engineers say the system is working even better than...
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Blind Hikers Cross Mountains with Special GPS : DNews

Blind Hikers Cross Mountains with Special GPS : DNews | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Thanks to an experimental smartphone app and special GPS, five French hikers crossed a mountain range unaccompanied by sighted guides.
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Disabled people remotely pilot robot in another country with their thoughts | KurzweilAI

Disabled people remotely pilot robot in another country with their thoughts | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
(Left) Patient at a clinic operating the BCI. (Right) Telepresence robot equipped with infrared sensors for obstacle detection and Skype video connection on
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Micro-tentacles for tiny robots can handle delicate objects like blood vessels | KurzweilAI

Micro-tentacles for tiny robots can handle delicate objects like blood vessels | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A micro-tentacle developed by Iowa State engineers spirals gently around an ant (credit: Jaeyoun (Jay) Kim/Iowa State University) Iowa State University
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Scientists find worms can safely eat the plastic in our garbage - ScienceAlert

Scientists find worms can safely eat the plastic in our garbage - ScienceAlert | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
All you can eat, fellas!
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UK scientists seek permission to genetically modify human embryos with CRISPR-CAS

UK scientists seek permission to genetically modify human embryos with CRISPR-CAS | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it

Researchers apply for licence months after Chinese team become first to announce they have altered DNA.  Scientists in Britain have applied for permission to genetically modify human embryos as part of a research project into the earliest stages of human development.

 

The work marks a controversial first for the UK and comes only months after Chinese researchers became the only team in the world to announce they had altered the DNA of human embryos. Kathy Niakan, a stem cell scientist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, has asked the government’s fertility regulator for a licence to perform so-called genome editing on human embryos. The research could see the first genetically modified embryos in Britain created within months.

 

Donated by couples with a surplus after IVF treatment, the embryos would be used for basic research only. They cannot legally be studied for more than two weeks or implanted into women to achieve a pregnancy.

 

Though the modified embryos will never become children, the move will concern some who have called for a global moratorium on the genetic manipulation of embryos, even for research purposes. They fear a public backlash could derail less controversial uses of genome editing, which could lead to radical new treatments for disease.

 

Niakan wants to use the procedure to find genes at play in the first few days of human fertilization, when an embryo develops a coating of cells that later form the placenta. The basic research could help scientists understand why some women lose their babies before term.

 

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has yet to review her application, but is expected to grant a licence under existing laws that permit experiments on embryos provided they are destroyed within 14 days. In Britain, research on embryos can only go ahead under a licence from an HFEA panel that deems the experiments to be justified.


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You're not irrational, you're just quantum probabilistic: Researchers explain human decision-making with physics theory

You're not irrational, you're just quantum probabilistic: Researchers explain human decision-making with physics theory | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
The next time someone accuses you of making an irrational decision, just explain that you're obeying the laws of quantum physics.
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New human-like species discovered in S Africa - BBC News

New human-like species discovered in S Africa - BBC News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists in South Africa have discovered a new human-like species, which could change ideas about our early relatives.
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Terminator-style ‘skin’ quickly repairs itself after a gunshot

Terminator-style ‘skin’ quickly repairs itself after a gunshot | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
A self-healing material that can fix itself with unprecedented speed could help protect structures in space
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The beetle in the centre flies towards forest fires to lay its eggs and is inspiring fire safety techniques in California - The beetle collection that is inspiring new engineering designs - Mind Re...

The beetle in the centre flies towards forest fires to lay its eggs and is inspiring fire safety techniques in California - The beetle collection that is inspiring new engineering designs - Mind Re... | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Photos taken by Rory Galloway with thanks to London’s Natural History Museum
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These images show just how unique your tears are

These images show just how unique your tears are | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
To the naked eye, tears might not look like much - they're salty, wet, globules, whether you got them because you're sad, happy, or cutting raw onions. But the various circumstances that cause you to shed one or 100 tears determines a distinct...
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Study of Fetal Perception Takes Off

Study of Fetal Perception Takes Off | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
We start to pick up words, food preferences and hand–eye coordination long before being born
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Neuroscientists create organic-computing ‘Brainet’ network of rodent and primate brains — humans next | KurzweilAI

Neuroscientists create organic-computing ‘Brainet’ network of rodent and primate brains — humans next | KurzweilAI | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Experimental apparatus scheme for a Brainet computing device. A Brainet of four interconnected brains is shown. The arrows represent the flow of information
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The Depths of Animal Grief — NOVA Next | PBS

The Depths of Animal Grief — NOVA Next | PBS | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
From parrots to elephants, animals that lose a child or companion can exhibit an apparently complex range of emotions.
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Scientists have created a 'self-healing' metal coating - BBC News

Scientists have created a 'self-healing' metal coating - BBC News | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed "self-healing" coatings for metals and pipelines.
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Teen finds exoplanet

Teen finds exoplanet | Science And Wonder | Scoop.it
Tom Wagg discovered exoplanet WASP-142b while doing an internship. Just 15 at the time, he is possibly the youngest person ever to find an exoplanet.
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