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  1. image of a cheese grater with a smiley face

    Americans tend to assume imaginary faces are male

    When people see imaginary faces in everyday objects, those faces are more likely to be perceived as male, a new study shows.

  2. image of researchers crouched on the ice with snowmobiles
    Planetary Science

    Machine learning points to prime places in Antarctica to find meteorites

    Using data on how ice moves across Antarctica, researchers identified more than 600 spots where space rocks may gather on the southern continent.

  3. an Arctic hare standing in a snowy landscape

    An Arctic hare traveled at least 388 kilometers in a record-breaking journey

    An Arctic hare’s dash across northern Canada, the longest seen among hares and their relatives, is changing how scientists think about tundra ecology.

  4. photo of Simone Biles at the Olympics

    How mindfulness-based training can give elite athletes a mental edge

    Mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy are two types of training psychologists are using to bolster athletes’ mental health.

  5. photo of a man in a crowd wearing a mask on the back of his head
    Artificial Intelligence

    How AI can identify people even in anonymized datasets

    A neural network identified a majority of anonymous mobile phone service subscribers using details about their weekly social interactions.

  6. Solar plasma jet
    Science & Society

    Stuck inside this winter? Try an at-home citizen science project

    Researchers are in search of volunteers to look for solar jets, transcribe old weather logbooks, listen for threatened frogs and more.

  7. camera trap image of a fishing cat with a fish in its mouth

    Scientists uncover the secret to fishing cats’ hunting success

    Volunteers in India have helped to explain how one of the world’s semiaquatic wild cat species hunts.

  8. Illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed

    The James Webb Space Telescope has reached its new home at last

    The most powerful telescope ever launched still has a long to-do list before it can start doing science.

  9. a culture dish showing Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria
    Health & Medicine

    Antimicrobial resistance is a leading cause of death globally

    In more than 70 percent of the 1.27 million deaths caused by antimicrobial resistance, infections didn’t respond to two classes of first-line antibiotics.

  10. image of an everlasting bubble

    An ‘everlasting’ bubble endured more than a year without popping

    One of the bubbles, made with water, glycerol and microparticles, lasted 465 days before popping.

  11. Satellite image of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano eruption

    What the Tonga volcano’s past tells us about what to expect next

    The January 15 eruption of a Tongan volcano triggered atmospheric shock waves and a rare volcanic tsunami; its history suggests it may not be done.

  12. illustration of a Cow-like supernova with yellow hues

    An X-ray glow suggests black holes or neutron stars fuel weird cosmic ‘cows’

    With the brightest X-ray glow of a new class of exploding stars, cosmic oddity AT2020mrf boosts evidence of these mysterious blasts’ power source.