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Inflatable, Vine-like Robot Can Do It All

A new soft robot grows like a creeping vine to weave its way around obstacles and nose into tiny spaces. From researchers at Stanford University, the robot consists mostly of an inflatable tube that’s been folded in on itself and coiled up. To move, a pneumatic pump fills the tube …

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People Are Terrible at Spotting Fake Photos

We exist in a veritable flood of digital images, with at least 350 million a day uploaded to Facebook alone, and odds are significant number of those images are fake. And, given results from a recent study, most people can’t tell the difference. Can you identify the part of the …

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Here's How Much Plastic Humanity Has Produced

A landfill in Strambino, Italy. (Credit: MikeDotta/Shutterstock) I want to say just one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics. There was indeed a great future in plastics back in 1967 when “The Graduate” came out, and those words ring true even today as plastic production continues to soar. Try …

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