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Check out this building that was 3-D-printed by a robot

The future of construction just got a little bit more real. Researchers at MIT have created a mobile robot that can 3-D-print an entire building in a matter of hours — a technology that could be used in disaster zones, on inhospitable planets or even in our proverbial backyards. Though the platform...

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  • Supply ship named for John Glenn arrives at space station

    Supply ship named for John Glenn arrives at space station

    A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday. Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule as the craft flew 250 miles above Germany. NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of...

  • Scientists get a rare view of a type Ia supernova magnified 50 times

    Scientists get a rare view of a type Ia supernova magnified 50 times

    For the first time, astronomers have caught a type Ia supernova being magnified by more than 50 times and split into four images in the night sky thanks to gravitational lensing. The discovery, described in the journal Science, could help scientists get a better handle on the rate of expansion...

  • A rocky ‘super-Earth’ with the potential for liquid water is found 39 light-years away

    A rocky ‘super-Earth’ with the potential for liquid water is found 39 light-years away

    Astronomers say they’ve pinpointed a potentially habitable planet that might offer our best chance of characterizing an alien atmosphere in the near future. The planet LHS 1140b, described this week in the journal Nature, provides a tempting target for astronomers looking to probe an exoplanet’s...

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  • Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

    Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

    The aging brain is a shrinking brain, and a shrinking brain is, generally speaking, a brain whose performance and reaction time are declining: That is a harsh reality of growing older. But new research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets hew closely to the traditional...

  • Why now may be the perfect time to start one of these diet delivery plans

    Why now may be the perfect time to start one of these diet delivery plans

    The hustle and stress of the holidays can throw even the most virtuous eaters off course. You could take some of the cooking and grocery shopping — and some of the season’s inevitable temptations — off your plate with a healthy meal delivery service. And you might be able to beat back the binge...

  • 3 healthy ways to add fat — yes, fat! — to your diet

    3 healthy ways to add fat — yes, fat! — to your diet

    After decades of low-fat yogurts and 1% milk populating store shelves, whole milk and products such as creamy ghee (clarified butter) are finding their way back to favor. On the back of a 2014 Harvard School of Public Health study that found full-fat dairy to be more satisfying — and consequently...

Human Behavior

  • Even in choosing science books, Americans seem divided by politics

    Even in choosing science books, Americans seem divided by politics

    When it comes to buying books online, Americans appear to stand united in our wide-ranging passions, including for science. But on closer inspection, our book-buying habits suggest that, when it comes to choosing science titles, we remain a country divided by politics. Sorting through a database...

  • Having a common cold feels worse if you're lonely

    Having a common cold feels worse if you're lonely

    Sometimes, life kicks you when you’re down. According to new research, that crummy, achy, sneezy feeling you get when you have a cold is worse if you are also feeling lonely. In the study, published Thursday in the American Psychological Assn.’s journal Health Psychology, the authors report that...

  • Biology explains why men kill big game like Cecil the lion — and how that behavior might be stopped

    Biology explains why men kill big game like Cecil the lion — and how that behavior might be stopped

    Why do some humans engage in expensive ventures to hunt lions, elephants and other big-game species that often are endangered or otherwise threatened? The cost, according to a trio of scientists, is exactly the point: These pricey big-game hunts are meant to show off men’s high social status to...

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