A new material may one day keep mussels off piers and boat hulls
Mussels don’t stick to a new lubricant-infused silicone material.
The rise of respectful robots
A new roaming robot knows how to keep out from underfoot.
Moons of Uranus face future collision
By studying variations in the rings of Uranus, researchers have determined the mass and density of the planet’s moon Cressida.
These chip-sized spacecraft are the smallest space probes yet
Space initiative dubbed Breakthrough Starshot sent the smallest spacecraft yet into orbit around Earth.
Ladybugs fold their wings like origami masters
Ladybug wings could lead to new foldable technologies.
Bone-inspired steel cracks less under pressure
Steel that’s structured like bone resists cracks better that the traditional form of the heavy-duty building material.
Sound waves could take a tsunami down a few notches
A tsunami’s ferocious force could be taken down a few notches with a pair of counter waves.
For calmer chickens, bathe eggs in light
Shining light on incubating eggs leads to calmer adult chickens, a study suggests.
Health & Medicine
A Pap smear can scoop up fetal cells for genome testing
Pap smear during pregnancy could offer an early way to test for fetal genetic disorders.By Meghan Rosen
Double-charging material makes a run in the sun extra powerful
Textile stores energy from the sun and a person’s movements to power devices.
How to read a book without opening it
New technique allows scientists to read the pages of an ancient text without opening the book.