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  1. Lincoln Memorial covid ceremony
    Science & Society

    Biden administration outlines its ambitious plan to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic

    Epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, an adviser to the Biden transition team, talks about the plans to tackle the public health crisis COVID-19 created.

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  2. Dermasterias imbricata
    Animals

    Some bacteria are suffocating sea stars, turning the animals to goo

    For years, researchers thought an infectious pathogen was behind sea star wasting disease. Instead, bacteria deplete the starfishes’ oxygen.

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  3. cold quasar illustration
    Astronomy

    Astronomers spotted a rare galaxy shutting down star formation

    A distant galaxy harbors an active black hole and active star formation at the same time – an unusual coincidence.

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  4. a flare from a magnetar, illustrated
    Space

    The first magnetar flare detected from another galaxy was tracked to its home

    An outburst from the super magnetic remains of a star suggests similar eruptions are behind some of the most powerful explosions in the universe.

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  5. sand goanna monitor lizard
    Life

    Monitor lizards’ huge burrow systems can shelter hundreds of small animals

    Two species of Australian monitor lizards dig nests four meters deep. Now scientists reveal that the burrows are home to far more than their creators.

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  6. illustration of quasar J0313-1806
    Space

    The most ancient supermassive black hole is bafflingly big

    The farthest known quasar challenges ideas about how the first supermassive black holes in the universe formed.

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  7. health care worker receives vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    The more contagious coronavirus variant may soon be the U.S.’s dominant strain

    More rigorous efforts to vaccinate, wear masks and social distance are needed to curb the variant’s spread, CDC says.

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  8. Parker Solar Probe illustration
    Space

    The Parker Solar Probe will have company on its next pass by the sun

    The probe is about to make another close pass of the sun. This time, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo and others will be watching too.

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  9. gas flare at North Dakota oil well
    Climate

    ‘The New Climate War’ exposes tactics of climate change ‘inactivists’

    In his new book, climate scientist Michael Mann draws the battle lines for a new phase of the struggle against climate change denialism.

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  10. man wearing mask at Santa Monica beach
    Climate

    2020 and 2016 tie for the hottest years on record

    Ocean temperature data as well as temperatures measured over land at weather stations around the globe revealed the extent of the warming.

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  11. coronavirus vaccine vials
    Health & Medicine

    Could delaying a second vaccine dose lead to more dangerous coronavirus strains?

    Some experts worry extending the time between vaccine doses could help the virus evolve in potentially harmful ways, but viral evolution is complex.

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  12. Volta's electric eel
    Animals

    Some electric eels coordinate attacks to zap their prey

    Electric eels were thought be to solitary hunters, until researchers observed over 100 eels hunting together, releasing coordinated electric attacks on corralled prey.

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