The self-folding robot in three stages of assembly.
Credit: Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute
Transformers, hallucinations and fake orgasms are just the start; each week we look for the most amazing stories we can find in Science and here they are.
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Though it might look like much, this piece of paper is changing robotics as we know it. This real-life Transformer, based on the ancient art of origami, is part of a new way to build robots.
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Alien life in oily goo?
Minuscule environments with life inside have been discovered within water droplets in the world's largest asphalt lake. The discovery raises the idea that alien life could exist elsewhere in the Universe where before it was impossible.
[Full Story: Aliens Could Live Like This! Life Found in Oily Goo]
'Noah' skeleton found in museum basement:
While digitalizing records at the Penn Museum in Philadelpha, inconsistencies in the records and some unidentified ancient remains brought about the discovery of a skeleton. This skeleton is believed to be from around 5500 B.C.
'Dark lightning' flashes from Julio:
When Julio was just a tropical storm, NASA's Fermi telescope detected a high-energy flash of "dark lightning" coming from the fledgling storm. Recent studies revealed how to connect terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and bursts of radio emissions to pinpoint the source of TGFs.
After a ride at the fair last year, Bobbie Lane has struggled with dizziness. She developed a rare condition called migration-associated vertigo.
[Full Story: How a Fair Ride Caused Woman's Year-Long Dizziness]
Video game hallucinations:
Gaming may have unexpected side effects. In an online survey, 12 percent of gamers admitted to experiencing auditory halluciations related to their gaming during situations that remind them of gameplay.
Rare Jewish rebellion coins found:
In a ceramic money box hidden in the corner of a room, 114 ancient coins were recently found in an ancient Jewish settlement in Israel. The coins may have been hidden before the fall of Jerusalem's Second Temple.
[Full Story: Rare Coins Bear Scars of Ancient Jewish Rebellion]
The digital fake orgasm:
About 50 percent of people participating in sexting lie about orgasms. For most, a desire to make their partner happy was the excuse but researchers warn any type of falsehood is destructive to a relationship.
[Full Story: Sexting Lies: The New Orgasm Faking?]
Are you a narcissist?
Not so surprisingly, just one question can reveal whether a person is a narcissist or not. Studies have shown narcissists readily admit their narcissism when asked.
[Full Story: Just One Question Can Identify a Narcissist]
To examine human kindness and artificial intelligence, hitchBOT was designed. With its own Instagram account to record its journey, hitchBOT relied purely on the hospitality of strangers to travel across the country.