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Meet the soft, cuddly robots of the future

Nature - Fri, 2016-02-05 09:34

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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Man-made underwater sound may have wider ecosystem effects than previously thought

Eureka Alert! - Fri, 2016-02-05 00:00
(University of Southampton) Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures that play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new research from the University of Southampton.
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Secondhand smoke: Nations producing less greenhouse gas most vulnerable to climate change

Eureka Alert! - Fri, 2016-02-05 00:00
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A new study by University of Queensland and WCS shows a dramatic global mismatch between nations producing the most greenhouse gases and the ones most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
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NIH researchers identify striking genomic signature shared by 5 types of cancer

Eureka Alert! - Fri, 2016-02-05 00:00
(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) National Institutes of Health researchers have identified a striking signature in tumor DNA that occurs in five different types of cancer. The specific signature results from a chemical modification of DNA called methylation, which can control the expression of genes like a dimmer on a light switch. Based on this advance, the researchers hope to spur development of a blood test that can be used to diagnose a variety of cancers at early stages.
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New assay detects persistent disease in leukemia patients thought to be in remission

Eureka Alert! - Fri, 2016-02-05 00:00
(Elsevier Health Sciences) A study in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new personalized DNA-based digital assay that detects persistent chronic myeloid leukemia in 81 percent of samples taken from a group of patients thought to be in remission.
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Motorboat noise gives predators a deadly advantage

Eureka Alert! - Fri, 2016-02-05 00:00
(University of Exeter) Dr Stephen Simpson and his international research team found that noise from passing motorboats increases stress levels in young coral reef fish and reduces their ability to flee from predators. As a consequence they are captured more easily and their survival chances are halved.
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Climate change's frost harms early plant reproduction, Dartmouth study finds

Eureka Alert! - Fri, 2016-02-05 00:00
(Dartmouth College) Climate change may harm early-flowering plants not through plant-pollinator mismatch but through frost damage, a Dartmouth College-led study shows.
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