Friends may share more in common than you'd think.
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From genes shared between friends to robots with muscles, here are the coolest stories we could find this week. Check them out!
A few genes among friends:
Research indicates people choose friends who have DNA sequences in common without even realizing it. The long-term relationships we create, the friendships we form may be based in genetics.
[Full Story: Friends Have More DNA in Common than Strangers]
Real-Life Paleo Diet:
The menu of America's first hunters has been expanded to include the gomphothere, an extinct relative of the elephant. New evidence puts the prehistoric animal in North America at the same time as the Clovis culture.
Alien life, no E.T.:
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope — set for a 2018 launch — will enable scientists to look for life on other planets but it won't be able to differentiate between single-celled microbes and intelligent life.
The finding of the largest "four-winged" dinosaur provides insights for how dinosaurs may have flown.
[Full Story: Bizarre Dinosaur Had 4 'Wings,' Long Tail Feathers]
Red fish, blue light:
For deep-diving fish, their watery environment doesn't allow enough light for flashy color patterns. A new study shows the fish have a solution — they fluoresce more.
Full moon, restful night:
New research supports the superstition that a full moon affects sleep patterns. On average, people in the study sleep about 20 minutes longer on nights with a full moon.
[Full Story: Full Moon Looms Large Over Your Sleep]
Not everyone who needs a pacemaker to normalize their heartbeat can get one. New research in pigs may have an answer — biological pacemakers made from heart muscle cells.
[Full Story: Heart Cells Transformed Into 'Biological Pacemaker']
A doctor in California used an X-ray machine to diagnose why his headphones quit working. The case of the headphone, posted to Radiopaedia.org, was resolved with a 90 percent recovery rate.
[Full Story: Doc X-Rays His Broken Headphones to Fix Them]
Hawaii's endangered wildlife will be under surveillance starting this summer. The NOAA is funding drones to survey the numbers and locations of animals in their natural habitats.
[Full Story: Smile, Hawaiian Wildlife: You're on Candid Camera]
Researchers at MIT reportedly have created soft robots using materials found at any craft store. The search for shape-shifting robots has been on the horizon for engineers, the U.S. military and even DARPA.
[Full Story: Shape-Shifting Robots Could Have 'Melting Muscles']