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Ballbot’s new motor has 1 moving part: the ball

More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball.

Scientists want robots to build big space telescope

Scientists have proposed a space observatory that would have a primary mirror with a diameter of 100 meters (328 feet)—40 times larger than Hubble’s.

New kind of computer built for complex problems

The processing power of standard computers is likely to reach its maximum in the next 10 to 25 years.

How snakes evolved to lose their legs

About 150 million years ago, snakes roamed about on well-developed legs. Now researchers say a trio of mutations in a genetic switch are why those legs eventually disappeared.

Why we go crazy for gross stuff on Halloween

Halloween is a chance to seek out the spooky, as well as the gross and horrifying. We enjoy the emotional rush—free of any actual danger—from both, says Daniel Kelly.

One gene links autism and tumor disorder

Scientists have linked mutations in a single gene to autism in people who have a rare tumor syndrome typically diagnosed in childhood.

Are doctors giving too many kids growth hormones?

Doctors are more likely to prescribe growth hormones for a child who does not meet federal guidelines for the therapy if the child’s family requests it or if the physician believes in its intangible benefits, such as the patient’s emotional well-being, new research finds.

Micro cubes get stronger after smashing into wall

Scientists are smashing metallic micro-cubes to make them ultra-strong and tough by rearranging their nanostructures upon impact.

Will fast food calorie labels work? 5 key factors

Only a small fraction of fast-food eaters—as little as 8 percent—are likely to be swayed by calorie counts on menus to make healthy choices, say researchers.

Prehistoric teeth offer early evidence for right-handedness

Marks on teeth of a Homo habilis fossil that date back 1.8 million years could be the earliest known evidence of right-handedness.

Mobile system gives location without the ‘cloud’

Computer scientists have created a new system for mobile users to quickly determine their location indoors without communicating with the cloud, networks, or other devices.

Engineers are testing a new name-based internet

Efforts are underway to redesign the internet so it can handle billions of mobile devices and smart gadgets.

What to do if values make you a ‘misfit’ at work

New research identifies ways to help people who don’t gel with the company’s culture stay engaged and become more productive.

Ivory trade eradicated elephants from eastern Africa

Archaeologists have conducted pioneering analysis on historic ivory, revealing where East African elephants roamed and where they were hunted in the 19th century.

Prescription drug abuse amps up sexual assault risk at college

Numerous studies have found that heavy alcohol use—by the victim and/or perpetrator—is a factor in more than half of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Malware lurks in many corners of ‘the cloud’

Malicious software is hiding in the cloud, and it may be very difficult to identify, new research finds.

Bacteria genes boost electrical activity in human cells

Biomedical engineers have harvested genes for ion channels from bacteria that, with a few tweaks, can create and enhance electrical signaling in human cells, making the cells more electrically excitable.

Everything we know about how solar systems form ‘might be wrong’

The discovery of two massive companions around one star in a close binary system—one so-called giant planet and one brown dwarf, or “failed star”—suggests that everything we know about the formation of solar systems might be wrong, say University of Florida astronomy professor Jian Ge and postdoctoral researcher Bo Ma.

African Americans in GOP don’t all think alike

Despite being relatively rare, African-American Republicans are diverse in their political thinking and reasons for being part of the GOP.

Let virtual reality show you how corals stand to die

Virtual reality can take us where our imaginations falter: a world where human-caused carbon-dioxide emissions haven’t been curbed.