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480-Million-Year-Old Slug Looks Like a Horrifying Mutated Bathmat

480 million years ago, a slug-like ancestor of modern snails and clams had hundreds of tiny teeth, a body covered in prickly spines, and a built-in helmet. Called Calvapilosa, it’s one of the earliest—and weirdest—mollusks ever discovered.

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George Dvorsky

February 6th

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Bat Bot is the biomimetic flying soft robot we deserve

bat bot If you’ve ever seen a bat in flight, you know how impressive their aerial acrobatics can be — so impressive that we have yet to successfully imitate it the way we have with locomotion or even bird flight. This impressive new flying robot is the best attempt yet, though it’s still a long way from the “unrivaled agility” of the real thing. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

February 1st

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Researchers create a wireless hydration sensor that tracks how thirsty you are

zhu-hydration-sensors-sidebar-400 A wearable wireless hydration sensor from North Carolina State University will be able to tell how thirsty you are via a chest patch or wrist-worn device. The device is designed to tell you when you might be facing heat stress due to dehydration. “It’s difficult to measure a person’s hydration quantitatively, which is relevant for everyone from military personnel to athletes… Read More

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John Biggs

January 30th

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Researchers create a wireless hydration sensor that tracks how thirsty you are

zhu-hydration-sensors-sidebar-400 A wearable wireless hydration sensor from North Carolina State University will be able to tell how thirsty you are via a chest patch or wrist-worn device. The device is designed to tell you when you might be facing heat stress due to dehydration. “It’s difficult to measure a person’s hydration quantitatively, which is relevant for everyone from military personnel to athletes… Read More

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John Biggs

January 30th

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The Science Stories We’ll Be Watching in 2017

With 2016 now in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead and see what the coming year has in store. Here are Gizmodo’s most anticipated scientific and technological developments—and backslides—of 2017.

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George Dvorsky

December 27th

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The Science Stories We’ll Be Watching in 2017

With 2016 now in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead and see what the coming year has in store. Here are Gizmodo’s most anticipated scientific and technological developments—and backslides—of 2017.

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George Dvorsky

December 27th

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Researchers implant the first 3D-printed blood vessels into monkeys

monkeys-undergo-successful-3d-printed-blood-vessel-transplant-major-stem-cell-biotech-breakthrough-3 Scientists at Sichuan Revotek and the Regenerative Medicine Research Center of West China Hospital at Sichuan University have successfully embedded 3D-printed blood vessels into simian test subjects. The vessels, which are made of stem cell-based organic material, were a major breakthrough in vascular regeneration. According to 3Ders the system uses “stem cell bioink, which was prepared… Read More

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John Biggs

December 14th

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This Simulation of a Monkey Speaking Is the Stuff of Nightmares

X-ray image of a macaque monkey. (Image: Asif Ghazanfar, Princeton Neuroscience Institute)

New research shows that macaques have a vocal tract capable of emitting human-like speech, but they lack the brain circuitry to make words happen. That may be a good thing, because their simulated speech is creepy as hell.

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George Dvorsky

December 9th

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Researchers simulate a dog nose to help smell bombs, cancer, pizza

giphy Like most of us, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology had always wondered why dogs had wet noses. Further, they wondered why they could sense vapors better, allowing them to sniff out bombs, drugs, and even cancer. They tested the second question by 3D printing a dog’s nose including the “nasal vestibule, external nose, lower jaw, and about 10 cm of… Read More

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John Biggs

December 8th

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Giant Manta Rays Are More Badass Than We Realized

New research shows that giant manta rays, known only to consume plankton near the ocean surface, are far more predatory than we thought, swimming to extreme depths to catch their prey.

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George Dvorsky

November 30th

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