Male spider seen up close and personal

Unprecedented images from inside a common male spider have been produced by leading entomologist Professor Javier Alba-Tercedor. They’re the latest of Alba-Tercedor’s incredibly detailed arthropod micro-CT scans published in a bid to transform the study of entomology. His scanner – a SkyScan 1172 – uses microtomography, a non-invasive technique used by the scientific community, especially…

Buenos Aires project uses plants to absorb pollutants

A team of researchers from the University of Flores [UFLO] in Buenos Aires has begun a small-scale planting project on the bank of the heavily polluted Matanza-Riachuelo river basin that could have long-awaited environmental results. The river basin, which divides the city of Buenos Aires from Buenos Aires province, is currently considered one of the…

Colorless coffee could save teeth enamel, says entrepreneur

A Slovakian entrepreneur thinks he has hit on the next big trend in the beverage market: colorless coffee. David Nagy, from eastern Slovakia, is hoping to tempt consumers worried about staining their teeth but who cannot bring themselves to give up the taste and smell of a traditional coffee. “I got the idea [to make…

Cockroach robot uses shell to overcome obstacles

US-based researchers have created a robot that can use its body shape to move through a densely cluttered environment. The team from the University of California, Berkeley-based the robot on the humble cockroach and hope their design could be used to inspire future robot designs for use in monitoring the environment and search and rescue…

NASA reveals high definition exhibition of Sun

After five years in space, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is giving humans a closer glimpse of the Sun than many had ever imagined. At the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, images from the SDO are now on display in an exhibit called the Solarium. “The point of the Solarium is to…

High-tech trap to catch graffiti vandals in the act

Sydney is deploying a high-tech system that literally sniffs out vandals on its rail network. The CEO of Sydney Trains, Howard Collins, calls the new system Mousetrap. “So our new operation, Mousetrap, is what it says it does. It detects, covertly, people vandalizing our trains,” he said. When a graffiti attack is taking place, a…

New York hospital pioneers robotic-assisted therapy for children

A children’s hospital in New York is one of the pioneers of the pediatric use of robotic-assisted physical therapy. St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, the city’s largest provider of post-acute care to children with medical complexity, has a robotic neuro-rehabilitation program to treat young patients suffering from different types of brain injuries with the use…

Are invasive species good for giant tortoises? Ask the dung

From the Congo to the Galapagos Islands, Stephen Blake has dedicated his career to protecting endangered animals.  He says that in most cases, invasive species spell trouble for native species, especially if they are endangered.  “While introduced species, in general, are generally a bad thing for Galapagos ecosystems and any ecosystem, there are bits to…

Japan’s chef of the future is a robot

Motoman SDA5 knows his way around a kitchen.  He can mix, chop and fry … and has the unique ability to mimic human arm movement. His deft skills are making this woman’s heart beat a little faster.  Motoman is just one of the latest developments on display at a food industry expo in Japan. A…

Honey-based mead may curb antibiotic resistance, say makers

The word Elixir means medicinal potion…..Swedish scientist Tobias Olofsson says his new alcoholic drink Honey Hunter’s Elixir is just that.  It’s a new type of mead – a honey-based brew dubbed ‘the drink of the Gods’ by Vikings.  But Oloffson has a secret ingredient – 13 lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of…

Brain-computer interface reverses paralysis in stroke victims

After three strokes that left the right side of his body paralyzed, Rick Arnold told his wife Kim that he had just one wish. “All I really wanted to do was to be able to hold her hand. In the very beginning, it was to hold her hand,” said Arnold, a paramedic firefighter from Missouri…