Mechanical Wrist Will Take Robotic Surgery To Places As-Yet Inoperable

Robotic surgery has become a relatively commonplace, with 1.7 million robotic procedures occurring between 2007 and 2013. This new tiny robotic wrist, however, will take the procedure into the head, face and neck.


This Tiny Light-Emitting Device Flashes 90 Billion Times A Second

This may look like a piece of abstract art, but you’re actually looking at the cutting-edge of optical technology. Using a branch of physics known as plasmonics, this microscopic set-up can pulse light on-and-off a bewildering 90 billion times per second.


Building A Park Above A Blazing Hot Pit Is As Complicated As It Sounds

It can get as hot as 65.5 degrees. There’s no arable soil to support life. And water? Water is complicated. This isn’t humanity’s quest to terraform an exoplanet. It’s New York’s plan to build a park above a train yard.


Funk In The Glass: The Ups And Downs Of Wild Microbes In Beer

Funky, floral, complex. No, this is not a description of a piece of vintage wallpaper. These are some of the words that are used to describe the enormous variety that exists within the world of beer. Whether you are enjoying the outdoors on a sunny day or sitting by the fire on a cold, winter night, there is a beer to match every occasion. In honour of this tasty drink, we have put together a compilation of PLOS ONE articles dedicated to the study of beer and the yeast and bacteria that mould its complexity.


There's A New Technique For Facial Recognition That Works In The Dark

Researchers have developed a technique for recognising faces using their thermal signature, opening the door for facial recognition even in the dark. Now computers can tell who you are, even at night.


Antibiotic Resistance Actually Makes Some Bacteria Stronger

We used to think that antibiotic resistance came at a cost for bacteria, making them weaker. It turns out that for some bacteria, resistance can make them stronger and more virulent.


Why It Is Misleading To Compare Exoplanet Kepler-452b To Earth

NASA’s announcement of the discovery of a new extrasolar planet has been met with a lot of excitement. But the truth is that it is impossible to judge whether it is similar to Earth with the few parameters we have – it might just as well resemble Venus, or something entirely different.


This Map Shows The Frightening Overlap Between Pollution And Poverty

The Enviornmental Protection Agency has a new tool called EJSCREEN, which lets you overlay the agency’s environmental data on a geographic map, along with layers of information showing poverty. The result is as depressing as you’d probably expect.


Mapping America's Obesity Problem Using Twitter

If you eat mountains of food and don’t exercise, you are more likely to be obese. This is not exactly news. But measuring calorie input and energy expenditure on a large scale has traditionally been difficult, and that’s where Twitter comes in.


Tour This Gorgeous Hubble Photo Of The Sombrero Galaxy

The Sombrero Galaxy is 50 million light years away, but it looks much closer in this detailed image from the Hubble Space Telescope.


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