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cockroach-inspired robot

TIGHT FIT  A cockroach-inspired robot can get stuck as it moves through narrow gaps in an obstacle course of stiff paper strips (bottom). But adding an arched shell to the machine (top, right) lets it turn sideways (bottom, right), helping it scuttle through cracks.

statue of Achilles

Just as Achilles' heel was an unguarded weakness that ultimately brought down a hero of Greek mythology, dogmatic devotion to traditional statistical methods threatens public confidence in the institution of science.

Brooklyn bridge

Mining pictures posted to online photo-sharing sites is revealing how tourists and residents explore their surroundings and how those environments change through time. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most photographed sites in New York City, a recent analysis found. 

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