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Acting like a muscle, nano-sized device lifts 165 times its own weight

This shows very thin sheets of molybdenum disulfide (see a), a schematic and photos of working actuators. Credit: Muharrem Acerce/Rutgers University-New Brunswick Imagine repeatedly...
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Toward a smart graphene membrane to desalinate water

A scalable graphene-based membrane for producing clean water. Credit: Aaron Morelos-Gomez An international team of researchers, including scientists from Shinshu University (Japan) and the...
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Equatorial jet in Venusian atmosphere

An illustration of Akatsuki successfully tracking lower-altitude clouds during the night with its near-infrared camera IR2. Credit: Copyrighted image; PLANET-C Project Team Observations by...
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More ‘losers’ than ‘winners’ predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals

Sea spider found in the seas around Antarctica. Credit: Cath Waller A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica...
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Physicists propose new theories of black holes from the very early universe

A black hole captured by a neutron star. Credit: Alexander Kusenko/UCLA UCLA physicists have proposed new theories for how the universe's first black holes...
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Face value: Brain’s ability to recognize faces is shaped through repeated exposure, study suggests

How does our brain learn to recognize faces? Credit: © olly / Fotolia Scientists have long deemed the ability to recognize faces innate for...
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Shaking up the fish family tree: ‘Living fossil’ not as old as we thought

The skull of a 250 million year old fossil fish and a virtual model of its internal skeleton, along with a life...
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Mouth clicks used in human echolocation captured in unprecedented detail

Illustration of acoustic pattern of mouth clicks for human echolocation. Credit: Thaler et al.; CC-BY Like some bats and marine mammals, people can develop...
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First hints of possible water content on TRAPPIST-1 planets

This artist's impression shows the view from the surface of one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. At least seven planets...
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Human bones in south Mexico: Stalagmite reveals their age as 13,000 years old

Prehistoric human skeleton in the Chan Hol Cave near Tulúm on the Yucatán peninsula prior to looting by unknown cave divers. Credit: Tom...
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Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution

The footprints were discovered by Gerard Gierlinski (1st author of the study) by chance when he was on holiday on Crete in...