• Chitin, which provides crucial exoskeletal structure and protection to soft-bodied arthropods such as crustaceans, spiders and insects, may have a surprising role in switching up human metabolism in the gut, helping to fight weight gain and obesity.
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  • Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois have demonstrated the world's smallest remote-controlled walking robot. These tiny machines can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and jump without hydraulics or electricity, using shape-memory alloys.
  • When hospitals are checking medical devices for sepsis, they utilize a chemical derived from horseshoe crab blood. A new system is promised to deliver a more sustainable supply of that blood, which could even be used to check human blood for sepsis.
  • An international team of scientists has discovered a 95 million year-old "platypus crab" that may throw into question how you define a crab. Dating back to the mid-Cretaceous period, the tiny swimming crab shows larval features that produce new insights on evolution.
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