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Disabled man controls robot arm with his mind

California - A group of researchers has helped a paralyzed man gain control of a robotic arm with the power of his mind — all thanks to a chip implanted in his brain.

Incredibly beautiful images of the Medusa nebula

The Medusa nebula takes its name from a figure in Greek mythology, who would turn you to stone if you looked at her face. However, the most you can fear from gazing at this cosmological phenomenon, is to be struck speechless by its beauty.

Ancient snakes had tiny hind legs, hunted in the dinosaur's world

The earliest snakes hunted in the lush nighttime forests of the Early Cretaceous, but unlike their modern relatives, ancestral snakes still bore vestiges of a four-legged lifestyle. They were equipped with tiny hind legs and itty-bitty toes.

Tools 3.3. million years old found in Kenya, oldest on record

A discovery of 3.3-million-year-old crude stone tools in Kenya has archeologists rethinking humankind's past. Hominids (that would be us) were thought to have invented tools 2.6 million years ago so the find raises the stature of an earlier relative.

Study: Boys who smoke marijuana 4 inches shorter than non-smokers

Scientists in Pakistan who conducted a study on marijuana say the drug stunts the growth of boys who use it. Alarmingly, they say their study found that heavy users of the drug at a young age grew on average four inches shorter than non-smokers.

Cute, colorful jumping spiders can see more colors than humans do

Sometimes surprises come in tiny packages. That's the case with jumping spiders, scientists have found. Scientists know that jumpers have excellent vision. What they didn't know until now is that these little creatures can see more colors than we do.

Monster 23ft squid washed up on New Zealand beach

If you are thinking about getting some calamari, you're going to need a big freezer for this one. A gigantic 23ft (7m) squid has been found washed up on a beach near Kaikoura, on New Zealand's South Island.

Lost remains of ancient Egyptian temple found at bottom of quarry

Luxor - Archaeologists excavating an ancient quarry at Gebel el Silsila, dating back to the New Kingdom and Roman eras of Egypt's past, have unearthed the lost temple of Kheny.

Blink, and you will miss it — Leap second to be added June 30

At 8 a.m. on July 1 in Hong Kong, and at the stroke of midnight on June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT in the U.S., one little second will be added to our clocks. You and I won't notice it, but the leap second is surrounded with controversy.

Create home-made morphine with DIY beer kits

I remember staying with an old friend in Dublin many years ago, and I asked him if I could take a bath. Sorry, he said, "the bathtub is occupied – it's full of fermenting homemade beer."

Ant movements correspond to mysterious math

A new study shows that as ants forage for food they select routes that connect with statistical distributions of probability. This collective behavior has been shown by mathematicians.

Dark matter cloaks strange galaxies with only 1% of normal stars

Scientists are scratching their heads following the discovery of unusual galaxies in distant space, which contain only one percent of the stars found in normal galaxies.

Newly discovered rodent named after James Bond

A cat-sized rodent has been discovered on the island of Hispaniola, between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The creature belongs to a species of cavy-like rodents called Hutias. Of the 20 or so Hutia species in existence, all but two are disappearing.

Pacific quest: Solar pilot prepares for toughest leg

Nanjing - Strapped into a seat in a tiny one-man cabin, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg will have to endure extraordinary conditions as he flies over the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights, powered only by the sun.

Review: Sy Montgomery fantastic on new book 'The Octopus Scientists' Special

Sy Montgomery's new book "The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk" from the "Scientists in the Field Series" will be released on May 26, and it is a stellar scientific text.

New citizen science project launches in the U.K.

London - A huge citizen science project, utilizing more than 850,000 volunteers, has recently expanded its reach to include projects across all of the U.K.

Taking on bacterial resistance with 'resistance breakers'

As part of the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria, scientists are looking at a new research stream based on so-termed "resistance breakers."

In a pinch: Trap jaw ants use powerful jaws to escape death traps

The trap-jaw ant has earned the reputation of making short work of its prey. With herculean, spring-loaded mandibles, it crushes its prey with ease and defends its nests. Scientists have recently discovered it has another nifty use for those jaws.

Vancouver student scoops top prize at Intel science fair

Vancouver - Canadian student Raymond Wang has won $75,000 at an international science and engineering fair. This is for designing a way to better protect airline passengers from pathogens.
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