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Robot mimics vertebrate motion

Based on X-ray videos, EPFL scientists have invented a new robot that mimics the way salamanders walk and swim with unprecedented detail: a tool for understanding the evolution of vertebrate locomotion.

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Humans artificially drive evolution of new species

Species across the world are rapidly going extinct due to human activities, but humans are also causing rapid evolution and the emergence of new species. A new study published today summarises the causes of manmade speciation, ...

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Minor mergers are major drivers of star formation

Around half of the star formation in the local Universe arises from minor mergers between galaxies, according to data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The patch of sky called Stripe 82 is observed repeatedly to produce ...

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Evidence of drug use detectable in hair for months

With new analytical techniques, evidence of drug use remains detectable in hair for months. This is the conclusion of the PhD thesis 'Improved forensic hair evidence for drugs of abuse by mass spectrometry' by Wilco Duvivier. ...

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Thorny technical questions remain for net neutrality

Federal rules mandating network neutrality – the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally – were upheld recently by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision was hailed as a win by civil-rights ...

Hulu's dance with brands

Car commercials are the kind of thing that Mindy Lahiri, the titular character on "The Mindy Project," might impatiently fast-forward through or ignore while watching a bad reality-TV show. The Hulu comedy offered an alternative ...

New framework uses patterns to predict terrorist behavior

Government agencies are having difficulty tracking potential terrorist attacks, since terrorists have developed new ways to communicate besides social media. A new framework developed by researchers at Binghamton University, ...

Google brings Earth into better focus

Google's free online mapping service is bringing the world into better focus with an updated version of Earth that takes advantage of photos from a US Landsat 8 satellite.

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