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Microbial signal recognition stems from existing building blocks
Stingray soft robot could lead to bio-inspired robotics
Seven new spider species from Brazil named after seven famous fictional spider characters


Microbial signal recognition stems from existing building blocks



Posted: 13 Jan 2018 06:37 AM PST


Scientists have characterized a protein that enables certain microorganisms to recognize and absorb ammonium in their environment. Ammonium is considered a toxin that pollutes ecosystems - but for these bacteria it represents an important nutrient and energy source.


Stingray soft robot could lead to bio-inspired robotics



Posted: 13 Jan 2018 06:23 AM PST


Bioengineers have developed a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics.


Seven new spider species from Brazil named after seven famous fictional spider characters



Posted: 10 Jan 2018 08:29 AM PST


Several literary classics from the fantasy genre are further immortalized and linked together thanks to a Brazilian research team who named seven new spiders after them.
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