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Tiny robotic crab is smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot

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Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois have built the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot. The robot is just half a millimeter wide and moves like a miniature peekytoe crab. It is controlled using lasers that heat specific parts of the robot to make them morph into a different shape.See the Story
Environment · United States

Wealthiest homeowners most at risk of wildfire hazard

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The top ten per cent most valuable homes in the western United States are 70% more likely to be in high wildfire hazard areas than median-value properties, according to a new study.See the Story
University of Michigan

A nanoparticle and inhibitor trigger the immune system, outsmarting brain cancer

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Scientists have fabricated a nanoparticle to deliver an inhibitor to brain tumor in mouse models, where the drug successfully turned on the immune system to eliminate the cancer. The process also triggered immune memory so that a reintroduced tumor was eliminated--a sign that this potential new approach could not only treat brain tumors but prevent or delay recurrences.See the Story
Environment

Arc volcanoes are wetter than previously thought, with scientific and economic implications

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Water is essentially the lubricant of plate tectonics. Water content is going to affect all sorts of different parameters involved in how tectonic plates move, says lead author Benjamin Urann, who was a doctoral student in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the time of the study.See the Story
Tech

Finding coherence in quantum chaos

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A theoretical breakthrough in understanding quantum chaos could open new paths into researching quantum information and quantum computing, many-body physics, black holes, and the still-elusive quantum to classical transition.See the Story
Medical

Diabetes Drug Improves Antibacterial Treatment Speed and Effectiveness, Researchers Report

Old dogs may not learn new tricks, but old drugs can, according to a research team based in China.See the Story
Science

UCI Researchers: Autonomous Vehicles Can Be Tricked Into Dangerous Driving Behavior

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have identified another possible risk. Autonomous vehicles can be tricked into an abrupt halt or other undesired driving behavior. The researchers found that cardboard boxes and bicycles placed on the side of the road caused vehicles to permanently stop on empty thoroughfares and intersections.See the Story
Astronomers

Extraterrestrial civilizations may colonize the Galaxy even if they don’t have starships

Astronomers have searched for extraterrestrial civilizations in planetary systems for sixty years, to no avail. Irina K. Romanovskaya proposes that the search for extraterrestrials may have more chances to become successful when including search for migrating extraterrestrial civilization. Free-floating planets can offer space and resources, as well as protection from space radiation, for very large populations embarking on interstellar travel.See the Story
Science

Reshaping Global Policies for Circular Economy

Circular economy may not always be effective or even desirable owing to the spatiotemporal dimensions of environmental risk of materials, and variability of global policies.See the Story

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