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As if the ocean wasn't already full of nightmares, researchers at MIT have developed a soft and flexible robot made of hydrogel, a material composed mostly of water. The new bot is quick, strong and almost completely invisible when submerged, allowing it to snatch up fish before they even realise they're being tracked.

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Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we've designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.

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As a city dweller relying on public transport, online shopping has changed my life. I haven't set foot inside a supermarket (outside of emergencies) for almost three years. But that's not the norm - in fact it's far from it - with new research revealing just three per cent of Australians do their grocery shopping online.

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Product placement of real-world firearm brands in video games doesn't affect attitudes towards guns. And if you've got a soft spot for the AR-15, there's a far higher chance you can point to your politics instead of your K/D ratio as the main reason.

These are the major findings of a recent study from Doctors Joseph Hilgard, Christopher Engelhardt and Bruce Bartholow - who specialise in videogame psychology.

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One of the most unsettling moments in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is when it's revealed that HAL 9000 can read lips, leaving no secrets between the astronauts and the ship's computer. That might have been science fiction, but 15 years after the events of that film, researchers in the real world have finally taught computers how to read lips.

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Popeye was right when it came to the health benefits of spinach, but that simple sailor man couldn't have predicted this unorthodox use of the superfood. Researchers at MIT have found a way to use spinach to detect explosive materials in soil, potentially making the plant a safe way to detect landmines.