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      February 21, 2013The Sciences

      3-D Printed Octopus Suckers Help Robots Stick

      Legions of animal-inspired robots are being created to improve military missions and disaster response efforts—from crawling cockroach-like RHex bots to leaping Sand Flea robots and the speeding Cheetah machines...
      February 27, 2013Evolution

      Rare Social Octopuses Break All the (Mating) Rules [Video]

      Of the hundreds of known octopus species, most are anti-social, practice safe sex (to avoid getting eaten by a mate) and lay just one clutch of eggs before dying.The poorly understood larger Pacific striped octopus, however, seems to break from these conventions: They are somewhat social, they mate face-to-face, and the females produce multiple batches of offspring.The octopus is so rare that science has yet to even give it a formal Latin name...
      July 19, 2010Mind & Brain

      Adult stem cells retain cellular memory of original tissue

      Curious differences in gene expression between reprogrammed adult stem cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), and the embryonic stem cells that the former are designed to mimic might now be explained by a new discovery about just how much information a "reprogrammed" adult stem cell retains...
      August 16, 2010Biology

      Oil spill's human health impacts might extend into the future

      Scientists are still assessing the ecological damage wrought by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year. Other researchers, however, are looking at subtler signs of the disaster's potential impacts on human health...
      August 17, 2010Mind & Brain

      Are some ADHD-labeled kids just young for their grade?

      A child that is easily distracted, fidgety and interruptive in school might not have a clinical case of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but might rather just be acting his or her age, posit researchers behind two new studies of diagnosis trends...
      March 11, 2010Health

      Malaria rates drop in the Americas, but travelers still worry

      MIAMI—Malaria continues to be a global scourge, sickening some 300 million to 500 million people annually. Most of the resulting one million to three million malaria deaths occur in regions where it is highly endemic, such as sub-Saharan Africa and parts of south Asia. 

      Some parts of the world where malaria was once rampant, however—such as Central and South America—have seen morbidity and mortality rates of the disease cut in half in the past decade, reported specialists here Wednesday at the 14th annual International Congress on Infectious Diseases in Miami...
      October 8, 2014The Sciences

      8 Famous Octopuses to Celebrate Octopus Awareness Day

      It’s Octopus Awareness Day, and although we at Octopus Chronicles treat every day as if it were a celebratory day for the cephalopod, today it gets extra special treatment.
      January 1, 2015

      The Social Genius of Animals

      New research reveals that animals interact in surprisingly sophisticated ways
      August 6, 2012Health

      Brain Scans of Hoarders Reveal Why They Never De-Clutter

      Jill, a 60-year-old woman in Milwaukee, has overcome extreme poverty. So, now that she has enough money to put food in the fridge, she fills it. She also fills her freezer, her cupboard and every other corner of her home...
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