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We may have a new cousin in this orangutan species—but it's in big trouble

November 6, 2017 - 15:47 -- Admin

Not every announcement of a newly discovered species feels like a huge deal. Thousands of new critters get their names in print every year as they are catalogued and confirmed by scientists. But most of those are insects, or tiny frogs, or blobby, mysterious creatures from deep below the sea. Most of the organisms that have eluded scientific detection are, well, elusive, so most of them are small or incredibly alien in their habitat.

Senility, storms, global domination, and other possible reasons an army of octopuses showed up on a Welsh beach

November 6, 2017 - 15:47 -- Admin

A beach in Wales recently faced an eight-armed invasion. Over 20 octopuses were reportedly seen crawling up New Quay beach on the west coast of the country, with many later being found dead after failing to make it back to the sea.

Buildings of the future might be constructed by swarms of robots

October 30, 2017 - 11:44 -- Admin

Thanks to recent advances in robotics, computing, and other technologies, a small but growing number of scientists and engineers think robot-made housing might finally be possible. In fact, not only is it possible, it may be far better. Robotic construction may increase the speed of construction, improve its quality, and lower its price.

The first genetically engineered humans might not have their DNA tweaked at all

October 30, 2017 - 11:44 -- Admin

Hacking the human body is all the rage these days. A few years back, scientists made waves by developing a technique (dubbed CRISPR) that literally cuts DNA at specific locations to edit out the genes that lead to disease. The implications for this are as enormous as they are diverse. However, the approach is far from perfect. And you'd really rather not have any errors when messing with something as permanent as the human genome.