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Meet the soft, cuddly robots of the future

Nature - Mon, 2016-02-08 17:40

Meet the soft, cuddly robots of the future

Nature 530, 7588 (2016). http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/530024a

Author: Helen Shen

Rigid robots step aside — a new generation of squishy, stretchy machines is wiggling our way.

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Search technique helps researchers find DNA sequences in minutes rather than days

Biology News - Mon, 2016-02-08 16:12

Database searches for DNA sequences that can take biologists and medical researchers days can now be completed in a matter of minutes, thanks to a new search method developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Scientists discover a unique mechanism for a high-risk leukemia

Biology News - Mon, 2016-02-08 16:12

A research team led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has discovered details of how the abnormal breakage and rearrangement of chromosomes in white blood cells triggers a particularly aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Such leukemias are cancers of white blood cells, in which genetic mutations trigger overproduction of immature cells, called lymphoblasts.

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Zika virus: 5 things to know

Biology News - Mon, 2016-02-08 16:12

A concise "Five things to know about.... Zika virus infection" article for physicians highlights key points about this newly emerged virus in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

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Climate change helps bats to spread their wings

Science Daily: New Species - Mon, 2016-02-08 12:42
Climate change is most likely behind the spread of a type of vesper bat across Europe over the last four decades. Kuhl's pipistrelle has extended its range by nearly 400 percent, according to a new study. It is the first to record a range expansion for bats on such a continental scale.
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