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Snakes on Mars

Watch robot snakes climb better than ever before

Is nowhere safe?

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Despite their cute faces and little tongues, snakes are far from a widely loved animal. For many, these slithering serpents invoke fear of poisoning, strangulation or simply of them falling from airplane storage compartments. But when scientists from Johns Hopkins University looked at these legless beasts, they instead saw robotic inspiration.

It's no secret that nature still does things best and borrowing from nature to improve the design and implementation of technology is nothing new. In recent years scientists have borrowed the texture of shark scales to create bacteria resistant materials and crafted hefty running robots in the likeness of dogs and cheetahs for reconnaissance. When it comes to snakes, however, scientists are particularly interested in how these slender animals are able to easily traverse rough terrain and how such tactics could be implemented in search and rescue robots or even exploration of an extraterrestrial surface like Mars.

But before engineers could design such nimble robots, they first had to learn what makes snakes so good at this creepy, crawling.

2 hours ago

Future Adults

Report reveals the 10 best countries for kids to grow up in now

How well does your country protect kids from climate change and other threats?

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Climate change, conflict, and inequality target one demographic in particular — one that is also uniquely hindered from being able to protect itself: children.

And if you are a child in the United States, your odds of thriving in these uncertain times may not be as good as you think, a new report reveals.

3 hours ago

As a service, Pokémon Home is essential for any longtime fan to assemble all of their monsters in one place. You can move all your old, favorite Pokémon from the GBA-era to a new home, eliminate Dexit a smidge, and even make use of the seemingly countless "wasted hours" spent playing Pokémon GO! If you’re a diligent trainer, all that can be achieved in the first hour of fiddling with Pokémon Home, nixing any reason for sustaining your subscription beyond the first month.

Who needs another monthly fee or an annual fee to worry about? Not you! (Maybe.) So how do you cancel the service, and what happens when you do?

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3 hours ago

Strategy

Don't set your goals -- set your goal! Studies show the power of focus

How do you move a Big Idea off your to-do list and onto your got-done list?

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Everyone has a project that remains stuck on their to-do list, month-in, month-out, quarter after quarter. Year after year. It is often a project that seems great, maybe a little sensational, maybe a little counterintuitive, on paper. Call it a Big Idea Project, or BIP, for short.

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Woah

Rumored details for Sony's PS5 virtual reality headset include a shocking surprise

Sony hasn't forgotten about PSVR.

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Sony may have leaked the official specs for its long-rumored, next-generation PlayStation VR headset, the first significant indication that virtual reality will be a consideration for new consoles. Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 is expected to revolutionize what kinds of VR experiences video game consoles are capable of, and this new PSVR hardware might even offer a more affordable alternative than what we're used to seeing.

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3 hours ago

Android Takeover

Google Stadia will finally run on the best Android phones incredibly soon

Google Stadia will be compatible with the Galaxy, Razer, and Asus ROG lines of phones later this week.

Gamers on Google Stadia will be able to use the cloud-gaming platform on most current Android phones incredibly soon, a necessary next step for the struggling service as Microsoft rival service xCloud ramps up on iOS.

One of the most enticing aspects of Google Stadia was that it allows players to seamlessly use the platform on TV via Chromecast, computers through Google Chrome, and mobile phones through the Stadia app. Unfortunately, this promise came with some major caveats at launch, as only specific Chromecasts could be used and mobile usage outside of purchasing games was limited to the Pixel 2, 3a, 3a XL, and Pixel 4 phones.

iOS support remains uncertain, but the addition of support on new Android devices is crucial — and it couldn't come soon enough.

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4 hours ago

Entertainment

She-Hulk casting call may be our first look at the post-Thanos Avengers

Could we see Bruce Banner's cousin on the big screen?

Marvel's upcoming Disney+ series, She-Hulk, has been shrouded in mystery even as we've learned more about Wandavision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki. New unconfirmed reports of a casting call could give us a clearer vision of what's to come in She-Hulk, as well as the next Avengers movie.