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28
Jul
2016

Teaching koalas a safer way to cross the road

Koalas may be a little smarter than first thought after quickly learning to favor safer road ...

Koalas aren't the most intellectual of animals, but these leaf-loving tree-dwellers may be smarter than we give them credit for. In a first-of-a-kind study, scientists have tracked the marsupial's activity in response to newly installed wildlife crossings and found that, while dolphins they are not, these fluffy herbivores learnt very quickly to avoid oncoming traffic when presented with a safe alternative path.

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Category: Environment

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28
Jul
2016

Weird glowing purple orb surprises marine researchers

The orb was discovered on the ocean floor off the coast of Southern California

Researchers on the marine exploration vessel Nautilus came across something rather remarkable on the ocean floor this week. Working off the coast of California in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, the crew were surprised to see a mysterious glowing purple orb on their live feed and used a robotic attachment referred to as "the slurp" to sample the mysterious creature for study.

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Category: Biology

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28
Jul
2016

Tank-treaded hand truck “Glydes” down stairs

The Glyde hand truck has a pair of treads built into the back, which help it ...

For companies delivering kegs and cases of beer to bars, the last leg of the trip, from truck to cellar, is often the most hazardous. Loading kegs onto hand trucks and thumping them down flights of stairs can lead to injury of the workers and damage to the hand truck, stairs and cargo. In response, an engineering team from MIT developed Glyde, a hand truck that scales stairs easily thanks to tank-like treads and a self-braking system.

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Category: Good Thinking

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