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New British Booze Tricorder Can Tell You That Vodka's Not Really Smirnoff

By Sam Gibbs on at

Apparently the UK is battling with counterfeit booze at the moment. I can’t say I’ve noticed any knock-off Gordon’s floating around, apart from the so-close-it’s–almost-copyright-infringement own brands from the supermarkets that is. Still, boffins from the University of Leicester have come up with a hand-held booze scanner that’ll detect the dodgy stuff without even having to open the bottle.

Why Rubber Rules

By Rachel Swaby on at

When Charles Goodyear figured out how to take the smelly sap from some trees and turn it into the rubber of industry, the finished, stretchy product bounced a crazy diverse number of materials out of their soon-to-be former jobs. Like sheep intestines. Ick.

Stem Cells Could Help Heal Broken Hearts

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Even after recovery, heart attacks can leave a lasting mark on your ticker — scar tissue weakens the muscle and prevents it from functioning as well as it did before seizing up. A pioneering stem-cell procedure, however, could cut the damage in half.

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Future Soldiers Could Go to War Wearing Fish-Scale Armour

By Andrew Tarantola on at

Piranha have a well-earned reputation for being able and willing to eat just about anything in their path. One of the few exceptions is the Arapaima, a 1.8-metre-long, 136kg Amazonian predator with bony scales capable of withstanding the toothy onslaught. Researchers are now working to adapt the Arapaima's defenses to protect our own squishy bits.

How the Zebra Actually Got Its Stripes

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Despite being perhaps the most recognisable animal on the planet, biologists have been puzzled for centuries over how the zebra got its stripes. But scientists have worked out an answer, and it's nothing to do with camouflaging themselves in long grass.