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  1. person painting with paintbrush held in their toes
    Humans

    Artists who paint with their feet have ‘toe maps’ in their brains

    Brain specialization comes with toe specialization in people who use their feet for painting, eating and writing.

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  2. Atom illustration
    Physics

    Physicists may be a step closer to solving the mystery of proton size

    Multiple measurements now agree that the proton is smaller than previously thought.

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  3. Boy from Azerbaijan
    Humans

    Culture helps shape when babies learn to walk

    The culture in which a baby is raised can accelerate or slow down the development of early motor skills. Does it matter?

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  4. cycling with prosthetic leg
    Tech

    A new prosthetic leg that senses touch reduces phantom pain

    A prosthetic leg that can sense foot pressure and knee angle helped two men walk faster and reduced phantom leg pain.

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  5. human liver
    Humans

    Supercooling tripled the shelf life of donor livers

    Cooling organs to subzero temperatures could help them last longer, making lifesaving transplants available to more people.

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  6. stalactites
    Earth

    Ancient crystal growths in caves reveal seas rose 16 meters in a warmer world

    The Pliocene era cave formations on the Spanish coast of Mallorca offer hints about how oceans could respond to human-driven climate change.

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  7. Readers ask about aging perceptions, coral reefs and more

    Readers had questions about aging perceptions, coral reefs, praying mantis vision and more.

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  8. Take a look at us now!

    Editor in Chief Nancy Shute discusses the magazine's history with the internet.

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  9. guy vaping
    Humans

    Vaping is suspected in a fifth death and hundreds of injuries

    U.S. health officials can’t yet point to a substance or device that’s behind a rising number of severe lung injuries and deaths tied to e-cigarettes.

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  10. Pragyan rover illustration
    Space

    India lost contact with its first lunar lander just before touchdown

    Chandrayaan 2 mission officials are trying to figure out why its rover-carrying lander went silent moments before it was to reach the moon’s surface.

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  11. Temple Scroll
    Humans

    The longest Dead Sea Scroll sports a salt finish that the others lack

    A newly discovered salty lamination on the Temple Scroll could help explain why the ancient manuscript’s parchment is remarkably bright.

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  12. Hawaii's Big Island
    Earth

    How Kilauea’s lava fed a massive phytoplankton bloom

    Kilauea’s heavy flow of lava into the ocean in 2018 added both food and heat to fuel a sudden bloom of ocean algae.

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