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Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
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Medical invention: Doctors unveil the latest in mechanical parasites.
Poisonings from death cap mushrooms (which look similar to other fungi) are often difficult to diagnose and treat.
100 percent of the leeches also survived extreme cold (-130°F) for nine months!
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Nature is wild.
Plus: zoology's most wanted.
Now what do I do with all these leeches?
An annual photo competition highlights the best of the best in light microscopy-from tiny diatoms to fluorescent zebra fish brains
The bandage is inspired by the spiny proboscis of the intestine-infecting Pomphorhynchus laevis.
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Atmospheric warming is causing saltier oceans and nastier storms
After staring at the sun for hundreds of millennia, humans still have burning questions about it
An interdisciplinary team opens a new window into the creature's bizarre lifecycle.
Maybe it's fungus, maybe it's not
Or at least keep your teeth cavity-free. A growing chorus of medical researchers say our bacteria-killing zealotry is misguided. Instead of fighting bugs, they argue, we should train them to do our bidding and then set them loose in our bodies. The trouble is keeping them there