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Weekly Webcrawl: September 27, 2013

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Caddiesflies spin an adhesive silk underwater to build nets to capture food and build protective shelter. Pictured is that silk magnified. Photo by Bennett Addison.

Caddiesflies spin an adhesive silk underwater to build nets to capture food and build protective shelter. Pictured is that silk magnified. Photo by Bennett Addison.

This week researchers figured out a way for amputees to control prosthetic limbs with nothing but the power of their minds.

They also made matter — as in stuff you can weigh with a scale — out of light! According to Discover blogger Bill Andrews, they basically made light sabers.

This fifteen year old kid made a test strip for pancreatic cancer using antibody-coated nanotubes. Since then, he’s become famous and is figuring out how to deal with the celebrity while remaining a regular kid. If only Miley Cyrus were as cool as this kid… By the way, this is old (from April) but I just discovered it this week, so it’s still technically part of my personal weekly webcrawl :)

<— Also, here’s a new idea. A weekly science photo from around the internets. Click on the image for more info on the research behind it.


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