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Science News goes to DragonCon

Bethany Brookshire and Tina Hesman Saey go to DragonCon

Science News goes to DragonCon

Each year, DragonCon hosts one of the world's largest convention of devotees of science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film. This year, Science News writers Tina Hesman Saey and Bethany Brookshire (Scicurious) share the science behind great pop culture in a slate of terrific panels. We've assembled a fascinating collection of science journalism sure to inspire sci-fi and science enthusiasts alike. Science truly is sometimes stranger than fiction.

Follow Bethany and Tina's adventures at DragonCon on Twitter: @scicurious and @thsaey

The Wild Westworld of Robotics
Robotics

FEATURE ROBOTICS

To work with humans, machines need to sense the world around them.  READ MORE

Robotics

NEWS IN BRIEF ROBOTICS

Adding heat to soft bots’ rubbery material closes up lacerations.  READ MORE

Robotics

SCIENCE TICKER ROBOTICS

Robots are branching out. A new prototype soft robot takes inspiration from plants by growing to explore its environment. READ MORE

Drones

THE SCIENCE LIFE ROBOTICS

A forgotten, failed experiment sent a robot airborne. READ MORE

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Zebra Finches and Fat

News ANIMALS

Deprived birds shown to rely less on stored proteins to quench thirst. READ MORE

Nurse Sharks

News ANIMALS

For some animals — and people, too — lazy is the perfect lifestyle. Nurse sharks are a great exampleREAD MORE
Kangaroos

News ANIMALS

Amount of methane emitted is linked to how fast food moves through the grazers’ guts, researchers suspect. READ MORE

Predators and Prey

News ANIMALS

Power law for animal abundances oddly matches '¾ rule' in physiology.  READ MORE

Building a "Better" Human
human gene therapy

NEWS GENETICS

Expert group recommends long-term tracking, other restrictions for germline tinkering.
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CRISPR

NEWS GENETICS, CELLS,

Success in correcting DNA defect inches use of CRISPR closer to clinical trial. 
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‘Three-parent babies’ explained

News GENETICS, CELLS

IVF technique that led to recent birth of boy one of several.  READ MORE

Faux womb keeps preemie lambs alive

News BIOMEDICINE

Lungs, brain developed normally during four-week trial. READ MORE
Stranger Things in Physics and Astronomy
Quantum Physics

NEWS QUANTUM PHYSICS

Experiments tested whether electrons could escape an atom instantaneously.  READ MORE

Ice crystals

HOW BIZARRE PHYSICS

Lab-made solid could give clues to climate change. READ MORE

Planetary Science

TELEVISION PLANETARY SCIENCE

Documentary gives spacecraft a proper send-off before its lethal leap.  READ MORE

Potential ingredient for alien life found on Titan

NEWS ASTROBIOLOGY

Vinyl cyanide on the Saturnian moon could form millions of cell-like balls in methane oceans.
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Real Food, Real Science
Microbiology

SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC MICROBIOLOGY

Using scavenged microbes for fermentation brings out the funky and sour flavors.  READ MORE

Microbiology

THE SCIENCE LIFE MICROBIOLOGY

Microbiologist Rachel Dutton's work focuses on bacterial ecosystems in rinds. READ MORE

Psychology

SCICURIOUS PSYCHOLOGY

Headlines joked about cheese addiction, but the real science is far more complex.  READ MORE

The cool science of hot peppers

NUTRITION HEALTH

Chilies can make food safer, relieve pain and may even help people lose weight.   READ MORE

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