Antarctic Anemone

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A new species of sea anemones has been discovered, establishing it as the only marine animal able to live while embedded in Antarctic ice sheets. Edwardsiella andrillae—as they’ve been named—burrow inside the Ross Ice Shelf, letting only their tentacles dangle freely in the water. It’s still unclear how they nestle in, reproduce and most importantly, how they do not freeze. That aside, the white anemones …

Crank-Driven Lego Writing

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Composed entirely from Legos, Andrew Carol’s overwhelmingly elaborate automaton can write and draw by turning a single crank. While the construction of the device was much like cracking a puzzle, Carol—an Apple employee by day—explains that it isn’t overly complicated, but rather a way of taking the mechanical innovation of the 18th and 19th centuries and applying it to Legos. This isn’t Carol’s first machine, …

Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off World Cup

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Duke University neurobiologists hope to equip a paralyzed teenager with a mind-controlled exoskeleton capable of bringing movement back to his or her legs. While the technology is still in development, the plan is to debut the system at the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where the teen will hopefully make history by providing the tournament’s first ceremonial kick.