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  1. hydroxychloroquine
    Health & Medicine

    Taking hydroxychloroquine may not prevent COVID-19 after exposure

    Hydroxychloroquine didn’t protect health-care workers from getting sick after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, a new study shows.

  2. mangrove forest

    Rapid sea level rise could drown protective mangrove forests by 2100

    Mangroves have kept up with rising water so far, but new research reveals their limits.

  3. Danielle Belleny standing in a canyon
    Science & Society

    A #BlackBirdersWeek cofounder aims to amplify black nature enthusiasts

    Wildlife biologist Danielle Belleny hopes the social media campaign represents black birders and nature enthusiasts of color in a hobby often stereotyped as white.

  4. illustration of a magnetar

    A Milky Way flash implicates magnetars as a source of fast radio bursts

    A bright radio burst seen from a magnetar in the Milky Way suggests that similar objects produce the mysterious fast radio bursts observed in other galaxies.

  5. illustration of a small, banded device in partial light and shadows

    A new device can produce electricity using shadows

    Even under low light, this new technology exploits the contrast between light and shade to produce a current that can power small electronics.

  6. 3-D rendering of Maya site Aguada Fénix

    Lidar reveals the oldest and biggest Maya structure yet found

    A previously unknown Maya site in Mexico, called Aguada Fénix, adds to evidence that massive public works may have preceded kings in the civilization.

  7. Kids riding bikes in DC
    Health & Medicine

    What parents need to know about kids in the summer of COVID-19

    So far, evidence suggests children don’t often get severely ill from COVID-19, but there’s more to learn about their role in its spread.

  8. ancient brachiopod illustration

    These tube-shaped creatures may be the earliest known parasites

    Fossils from over 500 million years ago might be the first known example of parasitism in the fossil record, though the evidence isn’t conclusive.

  9. Dead Sea Scrolls

    The Dead Sea Scrolls contain genetic clues to their origins

    Animal DNA is providing researchers with hints on how to assemble what amounts to a giant jigsaw puzzle of ancient manuscript fragments.

  10. Map of the heart's 'brain'

    A new 3-D map illuminates the ‘little brain’ within the heart

    Microscopy and genetic studies yield a comprehensive map of the nerve cells found in the heart of a rat.

  11. Chicxulub impact illustration

    Chicxulub collision put Earth’s crust in hot water for over a million years

    An asteroid impact 66 million years ago caused hot fluids to circulate in the crust, creating conditions that may have been ideal for microbial life.

  12. a photo showing tree rings

    ‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past

    The book "Tree Story" explains how scientists decipher tree rings to discover clues about past climates and ancient civilizations.