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‘Nanogenerator’ charges gadgets with your motions

A foldable, film-like device called a nanogenerator let engineering researchers run an LCD touch screen, a bank of 20 LED lights, and a flexible keyboard with touching and pressing motions—no batteries.

How bacteria in undercooked chicken can cause paralysis

A common bacterium found in improperly cooked chicken can cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome, or GBS, the world’s leading cause of acute neuromuscular paralysis in humans.

Rare worm spends part of life as a ‘swimming head’

A rare marine worm goes through a prolonged phase of development as little more than a head, researchers have found.

‘Toothy’ tumor found in this animal’s prehistoric mouth

Scientists have discovered an odontoma tumor in the mouth of a creature that lived 225 million years ago.

How Stone Age travel could clarify metastatic cancer

A new study on why Stone Age settlers of the Americas might have traveled east-west, not north-south, could lead to better understanding of cancer cell metastasis.

Changes to Syria’s land and water are visible from space

The Syrian civil war and subsequent refugee migration caused sudden changes in the area’s land use and freshwater resources, according to new satellite data.

This critter’s jaws were strong enough to eat little dinosaurs

An early marsupial relative that lived alongside ferocious dinosaurs had—pound-for-pound—the strongest bite force of any mammal ever recorded.

Toxin and antitoxin let some bacteria evade antibiotics

Bacterial resistance isn’t always the result of adaptation to antibiotics. Sometimes the bacteria just go to sleep.

Millennials want these 7 things in a store’s design

New research reveals elements of a store’s physical design that catch the attention of millennial shoppers, who represent $200 billion in annual consumer spending.

Why it’s tough to take over steering in a self-driving car

When drivers take over the wheel from their self-driving cars, how smooth is that transition going to be?

This bird’s flight through lasers could improve drones

The protective goggles are tight, the chin strap secure. Conditions are calm and the lasers are ready; the air is infused with tiny aerosol particles that are primed to scatter and track at the slightest disruption.

Can you sneeze without closing your eyes?

Is it possible to sneeze without closing your eyes? It is “absolutely possible,” but most people tend to automatically close their eyes when sneezing, according to David Huston, associate dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine Houston campus and an allergist at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Teeny tiny device mimics the blood-brain barrier

The blood-brain barrier, a network of specialized cells that surrounds the arteries and veins within the brain, forms a unique gateway.

Is this molecule an antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning?

Researchers have engineered a protein that reverses carbon monoxide poisoning in mice. There’s potential it might work for people, too.

Neonic coatings on seeds hurt bugs that eat pests

Neonicotinoids, the most widely used class of insecticides, significantly reduce populations of predatory insects when used as seed coatings, report researchers.

Why schools are an ideal place to teach self-control

Self-regulation skills help children manage their thoughts and feelings, control impulses, and solve problems.

Do greenhouse gases explain canyons on Mars?

Scientists have long debated how deep canyons and extensive valley networks—like the kinds carved by running water over millions of years on Earth—could form on Mars some 3.8 billion years ago, a time many believe the planet was frozen.

Here are baseball’s best hitters when nothing’s at stake

Baseball’s spotlight tends to fall on the clutch moment, the final inning, the key at bat with the game on the line.

Neolithic crops in Fertile Crescent weren’t just cereals

Research with charred plant remains suggests people in southwest Asia grew a greater variety of plants during a period called the Pre-Pottery Neolithic A than previously thought.

Clam shells are like tree rings for the ocean

Just as trees have growth rings that scientists can study for clues about past growing conditions, clam shells have annual growth increments that offer information about ocean conditions over time.