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Newly proposed space objects called synestias are large, spinning hunks of mostly vaporized rock. They look like a jelly-filled doughnut.
For the first time in any animal, researchers elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV. Cows’ antibodies could help with drug development.
Qubit-based machines are gearing up to solve problems that are out of reach for even the most powerful supercomputers.
Dog domestication may be the result of just a few genetic changes, including ones that made canines more interested in interacting with people.
Australia may have said “G’day” to humankind thousands of years earlier than previously believed.
Tiniest transistor, made with carbon nanotubes, suggests computers aren’t done shrinking down.
A thyroid hormone and a blood sugar drug affect levels of a hormone needed for brain development, study in rats shows.
The first asteroids may have been great balls of mud, which would solve some puzzling features of meteorites.
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Copper for the ancient Iceman’s blade traveled about 500 kilometers to his northern Italian home region.
In mice, nerve cells in the prefrontal cortex influence whether an individual is dominant or submissive.
An iceberg about the size of Delaware splintered from the Larsen C ice shelf in one of the largest calving events ever recorded.
A vaccine used in New Zealand to curb meningitis also appeared to drop gonorrhea infections, results that hint at a way to make a gonorrhea vaccine.