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Researchers copy the seahorse’s tail to improve robotics

Researchers at Clemson University have discovered that seahorse tails can develop better robots. Seahorse tails are organized into square prisms unlike the much more common cylindrical animal tail. Researchers wanted to know if this square-prism “design” gave the creature any kind of advantage According to Eurekalert, the team created a 3D-printed models that each kind of tail. Then they whacked the models with a rubber mallet and twisted and bent them. They found out that the square...

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This flatworm can inseminate its own head to reproduce asexually

Animals will go to extraordinary lengths in order to reproduce as demonstrated by the flatworm Marcostomum hystrix. If these lovely creatures cannot find a mating partner, it will reproduce asexually through a fairly nonconventional method. According to Eurekalert, Zoologists at the Universities of Basel and Bielefeld conducted a study to find out how these flatworm species self-fertilize. Since this species is hermaphroditic, it has both male and female reproductive organs, and when push comes to...

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Why The Washington Post is encrypting its site

In a move to address the privacy concerns of its readers, The Washington Post has encrypted parts of its website so that government surveillance agencies and hackers around the world can’t see what articles visitors to the site are reading.In an article on the newspaper’s website, it claimed it was the "first major general news organization" to take such a step and said digital encryption will be applied to the homepage, national security page, and the...

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Toshiba’s scorpion robot will enter the Fukushima nuclear plant this summer

A Toshiba-developed scorpion-like robot is set to enter one of the three reactors damaged at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to study melted fuel in the pressure vessel located in the middle of the reactor, according to media reports published on Tuesday. The scorpion crawler, unveiled by Toshiba earlier this week, will enter the Unit 2 reactor’s primary containment vessel in August following a one-month training period for its handlers, the New York Times and...

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Study finds that sleeping on the job improves productivity

This is the study every employee has been waiting for. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that napping can improve productivity at work. Yes, folks, sleeping on the job can be a good thing. You should probably send this to your boss. The team found that taking a nap can be an effective strategy to counteract impulsive behavior and to boost tolerance for frustration. "Our results suggest that napping may be a beneficial intervention for individuals who may be required to remain...

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Improve your relationships with the Five Love Languages

Most people want to have strong, loving, and fulfilling relationships, no matter the context. Many psychological and therapeutic practices focus on communication between partners and strengthening of interpersonal bonds. One concept to understand for improving relational bonds is called the "Five Love Languages". Gary Chapman's book of the same name often finds itself near other popular self-help books on the New York Times best sellers list. The Five Love Languages has impacted people of all walks...

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Watch researchers “walk” an Easter Island head

The Easter island statues have long been a mystery to many scientists. What purpose did they serve? How were they made? How did ancient people move them into place? According to Nature, Carl Lipo and his team of archaeologists at California State University, Long Beach think they've figured it out. They've devised a rope system that allows them to "walk" a scale model of one of these giant statues. Here, watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvvES47OdmY The final result required three ropes-- one in the...

This Oct. 16, 2012 photo shows author J.K. Rowling at an appearance to promote her latest book "The Casual Vacancy," at The David H. Koch Theater in New York. Rowling, the popular author of the "Harry Potter" series, spoke for just over an hour before a capacity crowd in her sole U.S. public appearance to promote her first novel for grownups.  (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

J.K. Rowling announces Harry Potter theater production

J.K. Rowling has announced a new theatrical production that will continue to tell the story of the world’s most beloved boy wizard, Harry Potter. According to CNN, J.K. Rowling and fellow writer Jack Thorne are working with director John Tiffany to bring us “Harry potter and the Cursed Child”. According to the Verge, Rowling explained that this play is not a prequel. She further went to explain the theater was “the only proper medium for...

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New electronic bike can detect potholes, fold up, and keep you from sweating

One of the “Big Three” American carmakers is getting into the eBike market in a big way, with a new electronically-assisted bicycle than can warn you when a pothole is coming up and break down for easy storage in the trunk if you prefer to drive to and from your favorite track. According to Engadget, the somewhat unusually named MoDe:Flex will come with a special mobile app that will make it easier for commuters to...

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7 interesting underwears to pamper your posterior

Don’t let some boring old cotton or polyester house your genitals—clothe your junk in something a bit more interesting. DailyOrbit has the scoop on the most interesting things you can use to protect your naughty bits. Fart filtering Underwear A British company called Shreddies designed underwear that neutralizes farts in their path. The back panel of the underwear is made infused with a carbon-based material called Zorflex, normally used in chemical warfare suits with the capability...