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Scientists Can Now Unboil Eggs To Hopefully Make Cancer Drugs Cheaper

It sounds like research that doesn’t have much more of a practical application than making people say “neat”, but chemists at UC Irvine have figured out a way to unboil egg whites — turning them from a solid back into a liquid — and the process behind it promises to help lower the production cost of cancer drugs and other expensive medications.


Another Study Finds E-Cigs May Contain Formaldehyde

Science is back with more sobering news about vaping. A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that vapour produced by electronic cigarettes contains a high concentration of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. But don’t panic quite yet.


Mad Scientists In Switzerland Built A Drone That Flies And Walks

Meet DALER. That’s short for Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot, and it’s designed for rescuing victims in dangerous places after a natural disaster. How does a robot do that? Well, it requires flying into a dangerous place and then walks around that dangerous place. DALER does both.


This Destructive 3D Printer Is The Closest We've Come To Teleportation

Many equate the 3D printer as being the earliest form of a real-life teleporter — or transporter, if you prefer to get your science from Star Trek. The only problem is that you’re not actually moving an object from point A to point B, you’re just creating a duplicate somewhere else. So “Scotty” might actually be the next step in developing a working transporter, since it goes the extra mile to destroy the original object.


A Rub-On Tattoo For Diabetics Could Mean The End Of Finger PrickingĀ 

Pricking your finger for a blood glucose test will never, ever be fun. Thankfully, scientists have been hard at work on a bloodless and needless alternative: a rub-on temporary tattoo that, as weird as it sounds, gently sucks glucose through the surface of the skin.


A New, Cutting-Edge Microscope Technique That Uses Nappy Absorbent

Up until now, most microscopy has operated on a pretty simple principle: Use tricks of light to make small things appear big. A group of MIT scientists, however, are trying something radically different. They have developed a technique that physically makes tiny neurons bigger, and, yes, it uses a chemical commonly found in nappies.


Who Decided A Hexapod With Robot Snakes For Legs Was A Good Idea?

When it comes to mobility and articulation, it turns out that using six robot snakes as legs actually results in a walking hexapod that can easily scramble over almost any terrain. But when it comes to our deep down fears that one day these creations will over throw us, nothing seem as terrifying as this autonomous creation chasing you down the street.


The Scientifically Proven Way To Break Off The Biggest Wishbone Piece

Challenging a sibling or cousin to a wishbone breaking contest is tradition for many families, and thanks to some important research recently conducted by university scientists, we now have some actual strategies to help ensure you always break off the biggest piece and *have your wish come true. (*Wish may not come true.)


This Could Be The World's First Robotic Action Figure

As eerily predicted in 1998′s Small Soldiers, a Japanese robotics company called Speecys is developing what it claims to be the world’s first robotic action figure that can move and pose all by itself — no imagination required.


Autonomous Carts Make The Easiest Part Of Shopping Even Easier

The best part of grocery shopping isn’t finding some exotic new flavour of yoghurt or the free samples, it’s tooling around the store like a rally car driver with your shopping cart. So why have researchers developed an autonomous human-tracking cart that follows you around the store? Seems like time better spent making checkout lanes less terrible.


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