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Insect hearing systems are inspiring new microphone designs that can better identify the direction a sound comes from.

Bailey Bedford, Contributor

This image shows two oblong, clear pill capsules, one open and one closed, with multiple dome-shaped drug delivery devices inside one pill and on the table in front of the other.

Pill uses a dissolving spring-loaded needle to spare people with diabetes from normal injections.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A closer look at cat tongues helps explain why the animals' grooming is so effective and may inspire new brushes -- for pets and humans.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Observation could improve filtration systems and boost conservation efforts.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New study reveals the complex strategies crab spiders use to soar on streamers of silk.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists are developing a "living sensor" that eats hydrocarbons to monitor the country's extensive network of petroleum pipelines.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

Some of the so-called “hygrobots” can spontaneously advance across a wet surface.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

A new technique prints tiny middle ear bones for a perfect fit.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Robotic bugs may someday help in search and rescue.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

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