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How sensors on locusts could help us detect bombs

Engineers are attaching sensors to locusts so they can monitor how the insects sniff out odors. What they learn could be the basis for biorobotic sensing systems that detect dangerous chemicals or explosives.

This trick makes brains add color to stripes

Volunteers in a brain science experiment learned associations between patterns and colors in such a way that when they saw the patterns later, they still perceived the color—even if it wasn’t really there.

How to 3D print ‘joint patches’ with ink made of cartilage

Strands of cow cartilage substitute for ink in a 3D bioprinting process that may one day create cartilage patches for worn-out joints.

20% in nursing homes abused by fellow residents

Twenty percent of people living in nursing homes experience abuse from other residents, according to a new study.

Apparently oceans are filled with glowing fish

Scientists say bioluminescence—the production of light from a living organism—is more widespread among marine fishes than they thought.

Start ‘don’t smoke pot’ programs in 4th grade

The likelihood an adolescent will try marijuana begins around age 11 and rises steadily until 16, then decreases before hitting another peak around 18.

These social animals inherit friends from mom

As social species, the social networks of lizards, hyenas, and dolphins influence every pivotal aspect of their lives: finding a mate, reproducing, getting sick, or surviving.

Inefficient codons like ‘sharp curves in a dirt road’

New research on the genetic code clarifies why some genes are inefficiently translated into proteins.

Immune system may be key to Ebola survival

A first-of-its-kind study yields clues to how some people are able to survive the deadly Ebola virus and suggests possible avenues for treatments that could save more lives.

Pay with cash and stuff may mean more to you

When it feels easy to pay for something, it might just make us feel less connected to what we’re buying.

Thermos device quickly detects Zika for only $2

Engineers have developed a rapid, low-cost genetic test for Zika. The $2 device, about the size of a soda can, doesn’t require electricity or technical expertise and only needs a bit of saliva.

Jupiter will pull Juno into its orbit on July 4th

On the Fourth of July, Paul Steffes will stare into the Pasadena, California, evening sky. He will not look for fireworks.

2 bedtime habits for baby that may fight obesity

Experts say there are 2 bedtime habits that may help babies get more sleep and avoid gaining weight too quickly: earlier bedtimes and self-soothing.

As female deer wander, fatal disease goes with them

New research looks at dispersal, the permanent movement of juvenile white-tailed deer away from where they were born.

Push vs. pull could make our gadgets tougher

Materials scientists have discovered that the protective layers in chips react differently to pushes and pulls, an insight that could lead to even more durable electronic devices.

To manage disaster data, use ‘fog’ of the cloud

A new visual cloud computing architecture could streamline the processing of visual and electronic data during disasters—which could mean life or death for survivors.

Politics shaded how Americans viewed bin Laden’s death

Following the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, conservative Americans remained suspicious of foreigners while liberals dropped their guard briefly before returning to a more vigilant stance, according to a survey.

Acidic oceans make it hard for snails to escape predators

Ocean acidification makes it harder for sea snails to escape from their sea star predators. The findings suggest that by disturbing predator-prey interactions, ocean acidification could have ongoing consequences for food web systems in shoreline ecosystems.

These canned foods are the worst for BPA

A new study backs up concerns about exposure to the chemical Bisphenol A, or BPA, from food cans and jar lids.

Test suggests North Carolina police target black drivers

Police in North Carolina are more likely to search black and Hispanic motorists than white or Asian drivers, according to a new study of 4.5 million traffic stops.