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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Spider Silk Demonstrates Spider Man-Like Abilities

Jan. 31, 2017 — Spider silk offers new inspiration for developments in artificial muscle technology. The silk of the Ornithoctonus Huwena spider demonstrates impressive weight-lifting abilities with efficient, ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — Preliminary research results for the NASA Twins Study debuted at NASA's Human Research Program's annual Investigators' Workshop in Galveston, Texas the week of Jan. 23. NASA astronaut ... read more

'Knitted Muscles' Provide Power: Normal Fabric With Electroactive Coating Adds 'Muscle'

Jan. 25, 2017 — Researchers have coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, and in this way given it the ability to actuate in the same way as muscle fibers. The technology opens new opportunities to ... read more

Positive Social Support from a Spouse Could Have Negative Consequences, New Research Shows

Jan. 24, 2017 — Offering your spouse what you believe to be positive support could have negative physiological effects on them, according to new ... read more

Don't Smile Too Big to Be Effective in Online Marketing Ads, Study Funds

Jan. 24, 2017 — A new study has found that the level of smile intensity in marketing photos influences how consumers perceive the marketer's competence and warmth, which can lead to different results depending ... read more

Microscopic Submarines for Your Stomach

Jan. 23, 2017 — Tiny 'submarines' that speed independently through the stomach, use gastric acid for fuel (while rapidly neutralizing it), and release their cargo precisely at the desired pH: Though it may ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Children with autism may benefit from fecal transplants -- a method of introducing donated healthy microbes into people with gastrointestinal disease to rebalance the gut. Behavioral symptoms of ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Scientists have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin. This skin is adequate for transplanting to patients or for use in research or the testing of ... read more

Psychological 'Vaccine' Could Help Immunize Public Against 'Fake News' on Climate Change, Study Suggests

Jan. 22, 2017 — Misinformation on climate change can psychologically cancel out the influence of accurate statements. However, if legitimate facts are delivered with an "inoculation" -- a warning dose of ... read more

Jan. 19, 2017 — Every few seconds, our eyelids automatically shutter and our eyeballs roll back in their sockets. So why doesn't blinking plunge us into intermittent darkness and light? New research shows that ... read more

Jan. 19, 2017 — A research team has developed food ingredients from mealworms and crickets which, due to their promising structure and flavor, have the potential to be used in the manufacture of foods such as ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — In a new study, researchers are investigating why hair is incredibly strong and resistant to breaking. The findings could lead to the development of new materials for body armor and help cosmetic ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — Fruit flies -- the tiny insects that swarm our kitchens over the summer months -- exhibit rational decision making when selecting mates, according to new research. Scientists observed different ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — By studying the sexual behavior of a mutant strain of fruit fly called 'platonic,' researchers have found parallels between humans and flies in the neural control of ... read more

Jan. 17, 2017 — It's long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. Psychologists have learned that people who frequently curse are being more honest. ... read more

Retail Therapy for Jealous Partners

Jan. 16, 2017 — When people in relationships feel jealous about the attention their partners are receiving, they are more likely to purchase eye-grabbing products. This is an attempt to recapture the attention of ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — The complexity of neural networks makes them difficult to analyze, but humanmade computing systems should be simpler to understand. Researchers have now applied widely used neuroscience approaches to ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, researchers found that smart watches and ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Researchers have isolated the brain circuitry that coordinates predatory hunting, according to a new study. One set of neurons in the amygdala, the brain's center of emotion and motivation, cues ... read more

Jan. 12, 2017 — Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group has now discovered a mechanism through ... read more

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