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‘PigeonBot,’ first robot to bend its wings like a real bird, is unveiled - Fox News
Could pigeons be the model for a new generation of flying robots?
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/pigeonbot-f...


Scientists have found a "super-Earth" right next door - Salon
The nearest star to ours, Proxima Centauri, is believed to harbor another rocky planet kinda like Earth
https://www.salon.com/2020/01/16/scienti...


How 'spooky' is quantum physics? The answer could be incalculable - Nature.com
Proof at the nexus of pure mathematics and algorithms puts ‘quantum weirdness’ on a whole new level.
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-0...


SpaceX Transports Starship Hardware with Addition of New Ship - NASASpaceflight.com
Following changes in the development plan of their next generation Starship launch vehicle, SpaceX is…
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2020/01/...


A research team builds robots from living cells - The Economist
They can do simple tasks, and one day might reproduce themselves
https://www.economist.com/science-and-te...


'Scale of This Failure Has No Precedent': Scientists Say Hot Ocean 'Blob' Killed One Million Seabirds - Common Dreams
The lead author called the mass die-off "a red-flag warning about the tremendous impact sustained ocean warming can have on the marine ecosystem."
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/0...


Sorority girl jailed for life for throwing her newborn in the trash says she felt 'like a monster' - Daily Mail
Emile Weaver is serving life in prison for the death of her baby, who she gave birth to in secret then threw in the trash in 2015 when she was 21 in Ohio. She spoke with ELLE in a jailhouse interview.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article...


Massive asteroid 'could be dangerous to life on Earth' if it breaks up - New York Post
A massive mile-long double asteroid linked to a one-inch meteor that streaked a fireball over Japan three years ago could threaten humanity in millions of years if it eventually breaks up, scientis…
https://nypost.com/2020/01/16/massive-as...


Legendary, mysterious giant squid's genome revealed - CNET
A team of scientists is analyzing the genes of ancient sea monsters.
https://www.cnet.com/news/legendary-myst...


SpaceX will intentionally blow up a rocket Saturday - WESH 2 Orlando
The goal of the test will be to prove that astronauts would be protected in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule if there were an emergency during launch.
https://www.wesh.com/article/spacex-will...


Soft biohybrid morphing wings with feathers underactuated by wrist and finger motion - Science
Since the Wright Flyer, engineers have strived to develop flying machines with morphing wings that can control flight as deftly as birds. Birds morph their wing planform parameters simultaneously—including sweep, span, and area—in a way that has proven to be …
https://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/...


Even Ultra-Tough Water Bears May Be Vulnerable to Climate Change - WIRED
Tardigrades are known for their ability to survive extreme temperatures. But new research suggests they might be more sensitive than previously thought.
https://www.cprtestcenter.com/states/TX/...


Microscopy technique reveals cells' 3-D ultrastructure in new detail - Phys.org
Inside a cell, tentacled vesicles shuttle cargo for sorting. DNA rearranges in the nucleus as stem cells differentiate into neurons. Neighboring neurons cling to one another through a web-like interface. And a new microscopy technique shows it all, in exquisi…
https://phys.org/news/2020-01-microscopy...


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