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  • Being square has its advantages: the shape of the seahorse tail gives it a strong grasping shape, researchers say. | Flickr/ auddess / CC BY-NC 2.0 The seahorse tail is square because this shape is better at resisting damage and at grasping than a circular tail would be, a new engineering study...
  • A plant-based oil herder could provide a greener option for corralling oil spills such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. | NOAA / CC BY 2.0 A new compound containing a plant-based molecule could make crude oil spill cleanup a little easier on the environment, a new study...
  • From birth to age 2, babies' brains are pre-programmed to undergo remarkable changes, forming 700 new synapses per second, yet the successful development of brain architecture requires continuous nurturing by caring adults, experts said on 18 June. "Children learn best when they are close to an...
  • Steven Leath | AAAS/Carla Schaffer Food is plentiful and relatively inexpensive in the United States, thanks to many scientific advances across many disciplines. However, research funding for agriculture has stagnated, and it's hard to convince people that investments are needed now to prevent...
  • A call to action issued today by AAAS and a broad coalition of CEOs and other organizations urges Congress to enact policies and make investments that ensure the United States remains the global innovation leader. "The history of human progress and growth in our nation is really the history of U.S...
  • New genetic tools that trace confiscated ivory back to the elephant populations from which it came might help law enforcement agencies crack down on poaching, researchers say. The technology has already identified two areas in Africa that have been fueling the world's illegal ivory trade since...
  • In optogenetics, light-sensitive proteins are genetically targeted to specific cells, which can then be activated or silenced by light. | Sputnik Animation, Ed Boyden, and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT Basic research on how to turn brain cells "on" and "off" with pulses of light...