See metal and plastic micromachines zip around

See how incredibly tiny micromachines made from metal and plastic move according to their shape. They're a step toward better drug delivery.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 25, 2020 ~5 min

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See 2 new pages from Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ draft online

You can check out handwritten pages from Charles Darwin's draft of his famous On the Origin of Species online, including 2 newly added pages.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Nov. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Prehistoric sharks hid their biggest, sharpest teeth

Prehistoric sharks rotated their jaws keeping larger, sharper teeth in an upright position, making it "easier for them to impale their prey."

U. Zurich • futurity
Nov. 23, 2020 ~4 min

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DNA synthesis method generates ‘true random numbers’

From slot machines to data encryption, many fields need true random numbers. Now researchers have generated them using DNA synthesis for the first time.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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Watch droplets chase each other like predator and prey

Scientists have found a way to make droplets chase each other like predator and prey. It hasn't been done before in a synthetic system.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Star merger is likely behind mysterious ‘Blue Ring Nebula’

The Blue Ring Nebula has stumped scientists for years. Now, they may have finally cracked the case: the weird gas blob appears to be from a stellar merger.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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New wireless chip shines a light on brain function

A new wireless chip tested in rats could pave the way for advances in our understanding of how the brain works, researchers say.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~4 min

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Team solves mystery behind oysters and bubbly combo

New research has a tasty explanation for why the combination of oysters and champagne works so well. The work applies to other food pairings, too.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~4 min

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Add ‘molecular Darwinism’ to theory of evolution?

Darwin's theory of evolution should be expanded to include consideration of a DNA stability "energy code"—so-called "molecular Darwinism"—say scientists.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 17, 2020 ~4 min

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Key neurons judge options during decisions

Research with monkeys choosing between juice flavors clarifies how the brain makes decisions by evaluating the benefits of each option.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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