Watch a tiny robot back flip through a real colon

A microrobot as small as a few human hairs can do flips through the colon to deliver drugs. Check out the video to see it in action.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots drug-delivery featured health-and-medicine magnetic-fields

What exoplanets can tell us about Earth

"We don't only look at other planets to know what's out there. It's also a way for us to learn things about the planet that's under our own feet."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets water plate-tectonics earth alien-life science-and-technology magnetic-fields

Solar storms can mess up gray whales’ sense of direction

Gray whales use Earth's magnetic field like a GPS to navigate their migrations, but cosmic bursts of radio static may throw them off.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: storms sun whales science-and-technology magnetic-fields

Earth’s early magnetic field was stronger than we thought

The Earth's early magnetic field was stronger than scientists had believed, according to ancient crystals that give researchers a view into the past.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: planets science-and-technology early-earth magnetic-fields

Space ‘super-storms’ may be more common than we thought

"Don't be misled by the stats, it can happen any time, we simply don't know when and right now we can't predict when."

U. Oregon • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space storms weather sun featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields

Magnetic fields turn material bendy and twisty

Researchers can control the shape of a new material called a magnetic shape memory polymer with magnetic fields, which could be useful for future robots.

Josh Brown-Georgia Tech • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: robots materials-science polymers featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields

NASA’s Parker probe reveals new solar oddities

The first observations from NASA's Parker Solar Probe "will fundamentally change our understanding of the sun," researchers say.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 9, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space nasa sun stars wind featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields

Salad dressing explains the Earth’s magnetic fields

The dressing on your last salad may be a good example of what's happens with the Earth's magnetic fields.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
May 14, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: science-and-technology liquids magnetic-fields

Where did the universe’s antimatter go?

Physicists believe there were equal amounts of matter and antimatter in the early history of the universe. So how did the antimatter disappear?

Michigan State • futurity
April 8, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: physics antimatter science-and-technology time magnetic-fields

How old is Earth’s inner core? We finally know

Our planet is 4.5 billion years old, but its inner core may be a lot younger.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Jan. 31, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: space exoplanets planets alien-life science-and-technology early-earth magnetic-fields

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