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Gecko-hand-gloves helps human climb wall like spiderman

Geckos can run just as easily along a wall or ceiling as they can across a floor. This is due to special pads on their toes, which can even grip glass. No man-made adhesive technology comes even close to functioning as well as gecko feet. Credit: Institute for Creation Research

Watch out, Spiderman! Stanford engineers recently demonstrated a pair of  gecko-inspired hand pads strong enough to pull the weight of an adult man and to allow him to climb a wall. Scaling walls like a gecko At the center of the gecko’s clinging ability are its specialized pads, located on the reptile’s toes, comprised of various satae (bristle- or hair-like structures ) on the…

Feature Post, Space

Rosetta Illustrates the Miracles of Space Science

Artist's impression of the Rosetta spacecraft flying past an asteroid. Photograph: AP

This is a guest post by Dave Syndergaard, professor in the Space Studies program at the American Public University. Miraculous. That’s the first word that comes to my mind when I think about the European Space Agency (ESA) mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gersimenko. The Rosetta spacecraft and its lander, Philae, recently reached 67P after a 10-year round-trip journey of four billion miles. Here’s…

Art, Feature Post, Great Pics, Nanotechnology

Sperm-sized Nano Sculptures defy boundary between Myth and Reality

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How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? This nonsensical question actually has meaning in the world of  Jonty Hurwitz, an anamorphic artist. For his latest project, Hurwitz teamed with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Weitzmann Institute of Science to 3D print sculptures that recreate the smallest human forms ever. These figurines are only 20x80x100 microns, or…

Feature Post, Genetics, Psychology

In the face of Adversity and War, Bonds among Soldiers are as Strong as Kinship

Libyan fighters chants slogans as they take control of Moammar Gadhafi loyalists' villages in the desert some 750 km south of Tripoli, at Gohta, north of the southern city of Sahba on Sunday. Credit: Francois Mori / AP

It’s no surprise for anyone to find that soldiers fighting together on the front-line are tied together by a special relationship. They have to be. Soldiers need to know they can wholeheartedly depend on each other, put faith in the other’s ability. It’s not just about survival. It’s about comfort; knowing there’s someone close to you that can perfectly relate…

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World’s most common Mythconceptions debunked

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Did you know Napoleon wasn’t actually short, black belts don’t signify ninja-level mastery or that sharks can actually get cancer? The thing about some myths is that they spread out so fast that they become synonymous to facts, when actually they couldn’t be farther away from the truth. This excellent infographic illustrated by information designer David McCandless dissects some of the most popular…

Animals, Feature Post

Meet the Pig-nosed Turtle: the most adorable thing you’ll see Today

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This amazing animal is the pig-nosed turtle (Carettochelys insculpta), a native  to the freshwater rivers, streams and lagoons of the Northern Territory in Australia and parts of southern New Guinea. With its delicate piggy snout, webbed flippers and beautiful colors, this turtle gives to show yet again why Australia is home to some of the world’s wackiest creatures. And although it…

Environment, Feature Post, News, Technology, World Problems

Robot Underwater Gliders show How Antarctic Ice is Melting

Oceanographers Liz Creed (Kongsberg, Inc.) and Andy Thompson (Caltech) run through a series of tests in preparation for the release of a Seaglider into the Weddell Sea in January 2012. (Credit: Alan Jamieson/Caltech)

Over ninety percent of all the world’s ice is in Antarctica, where it can run 4000-5000 meters deep. Yet, as a result of global warming, the ice sheet is melting at a rapid rate making it the most significant contributing factor to world sea level rise. It’s simple to throw in a label like global warming and be done with it,…

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GeoPicture of the Week: Kutkhiny Baty, The Weird Valley

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Deep in the Kamceatka peninsula, there lies an eerie, unique valley – Kutkhiny Baty – The Weird Valley. This is how Kutkhiny Baty looks like from a helicopter: The valley is made from whitish pumice stone. Pumice is a very light volcanic rock. Pumice is created when super-heated, highly pressurized rock is violently ejected from a volcano. The unusual foamy configuration of pumice happens…

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Watch a vinyl and stylus at 1000x magnification

Image credits: Microscopic Things.

If you’re a music connoisseur, then the vinyl probably has few secrets for you. But even if you’ve spent countless afternoons enjoying the delightful tunes, you haven’t probably looked at the vinyl and stylus through a microscope. Here’s a neat view of just that – a stylus going on a vinyl magnified a thousand times. The image is so zoomed…

Feature Post, Psychology, Science

Do people learn anything from Psychology?

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Psychology is maybe most valuable when it exposes our inherent biases and what’s commonly known as irrational thinking. But you’d expect people to learn and correct their behavior after learning the findings of surprising psychology experiments. For most people, this isn’t the case. …