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MIT building a robot without a mind of its own

A team at MIT is making sure a human presence stands ready to aid a robot that could be used to access areas dangerous for humans following disasters.

Pilgrim nuclear plant safety rating downgraded

The Plymouth plant is now one of just three nuclear power reactors nationwide ranked in the next-to-lowest performance category.

Before dinosaurs, water bug was Earth’s first big predatory monster

The sea scorpion grew to 5 feet 7 inches, with a dozen claw arms sprouting from its head and a spike tail, newly found fossils show.

Most seabirds likely to ingest plastic

As many as nine out of 10 of the world’s seabirds likely have pieces of plastic in their guts, a new study estimates.

Oliver Sacks, 82; ‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist

Dr. Sacks compassionately portrayed people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions.

Sexism in science leads to willful blindness

The habits of mind that once almost entirely barred women from the lab remain at work.


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