200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

The Trump administration is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing – a step that's as much about politics as it is about energy.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~9 min

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Building a framework for remote making

A decision-making framework and wiki for students developed by MIT Project Manus and MIT Environment, Health and Safety enables safe making from home.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

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Solo 8: See this cheaper robot creature jump

A new robot called Solo 8 is open-source and inexpensive, but it can pull off a lot of the tricks of costlier robots.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

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‘Steering wheel’ neurons control left and right turns in mice

A new discovery that sheds light on how neurons control whether mice turn right or left while walking could prove useful for people with motor disorders.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~3 min

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Finding ways to move your body while social distancing

Physical activity is important for all kinds of health reasons, even in quarantine.

Renee J. Rogers, Associate Professor of Health and Physical Activity - Programming Director, Pitt Healthy Lifestyle Institute, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~4 min

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Dirty flies offer clues to neural circuits

Researchers have mapped the brain mechanisms that drive movement in grooming fruit flies. That could help fight Parkinson's disease and OCD.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Tiny eye motions let you spot stuff at a distance

New research finds that eye movements, ones so small you're not even aware of them, play a large part in seeing at a distance, what's also called visual acuity.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Tiny motors show it takes a ’tilt’ to swim upstream

Swimming upstream isn't easy, but a specific head tilt motion can make it easier, new research with nano-sized motors shows.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Oct. 29, 2019 ~4 min

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