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DARPA Designs New Robots After Cheetah And Pack Mule (Videos)

Biomimicry is almost a byword of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Indeed, if any group has discovered that 'nature does it better,' it's DARPA, and you have to admit the Agency is pretty adept at imitating it.  Here, are two of DARPA's latest robotic tributes to nature's designs: the Cheetah Bot and the Pack Mule Bot.

Energy Saving Nano-Carbon Light Bulbs Could Outshine CFLs and LEDs

A Taiwan university research team has been awarded a patent on energy efficient nano-carbon light bulbs. Unlike popular CFL bulbs and LED lights, the new nano-carbon light bulbs and tubes use a mercury-free manufacturing process and can be easily integrated into existing light bulb production facilities.

Variants In RORA Gene Linked To PTSD, Among Other Stress Disorders

The retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor alpha, RORA for short, is a gene that ordinarily protects our fragile cells from stress, but scientific findings in the last few years have shown that the RORA gene often shuts down when certain other cells destabilize them.  This study, conducted by Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System, finds yet another psychiatric disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), linked to a breakdown or 'risk variant' of the RORA gene.

 


Levitating Light Bulb Combines Two Technologies And Works!

A 19-year old electrical engineering student at the University of Queensland in Australia has created a levitating light bulb that is not an optical illusion.  While it may not look too sexy in this photo, just wait until you see these LevLights floating around your ceiling in designer glass shades.

 


Why Moderate Drinking May Defend Against Rheumatoid Arthritis

It seems counter-intuitive that drinking regular, moderate amounts of alcohol would lessen the likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), because the disease attacks the immune system and alcohol weakens the immune system... But first, the study...

Mom's Fear Of Childbirth May Lead To Childbirth Complications

Childbirth is a painful process for a mom, even with epidural pain killers that effectively reduce that pain.  Fear of that pain, called tocophobia, is why some women choose not to have children at all.  But for women who do become pregnant and carry their children to term, the fear of childbirth may actually cause greater difficulty to the mother in the delivery room, according to a new study from Norway.

 


Can Nature's Forms And Sounds Help The Sleepless?

We know that art has been inspired by nature at least as far back as the Cave Man. Technology too has had a love affair with nature for thousands of years, though we are just recently experiencing a resurgence with a new 'biomimicry' movement.  But besides biomimetic art and technology, there are biomimetic exercises, such as those we find in certain yoga positions... and now, an NYU design student and insomniac, has employed the shapes and sounds of nature to help the sleepless sleep.

World's First Pear Genome Sequence Announced by Joint China-US Research Project

Fruit fans rejoice, pears could be getting bigger, tastier and more resistant to drought and disease! Now that researchers from the Chinese-American "International Pear Genome Cooperation Group" have finished the world's first pear genome sequence, we can expect new high-yield, high quality, low-input varieties of pears to land on store shelves someday soon.

Calcium Supplement Study: Your Bones Or Your Heart?

Though the majority of physicians recommend calcium supplements for bone strength, some to women over 40, but most just to postmenopausal women, there have been studies that indicate that such supplementation is not the best medicine for heart health. 

Bioengineered Stem Cells Produce Hair On Bald Mice

A recent experiment by the department of organ technologies at the Tokyo University of Science was successful at bioengineering hair follicle growth in bald mice.  Though these images may look small in the scheme of bioengineering organs, the development is very important, both for those who would like to replace their 'rugs' with something more credible, and for the future of other bioengineered organ replacements.