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  1. human skeletons
    Humans

    DNA indicates how ancient migrations shaped South Asian languages and farming

    Farming in the region may have sprung up locally, while herders from afar sparked language changes.

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  2. pulsar orbiting neutron star
    Space

    Einstein’s general relativity reveals new features of a pulsar

    Measurements that rely on the physicist’s theory of gravity are letting astronomers view a pulsar in ‘a whole new way.’

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  3. mini chemical lab
    Tech

    A mini chemical lab could one day test for toxic nerve agents in the field

    Portable lab equipment that detects nerve agents could help judge when it’s safe to return to previously exposed areas.

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  4. Denisovan finger bone
    Anthropology

    This ancient Denisovan finger bone is surprisingly humanlike

    Despite Neandertal ties, extinct hominids called Denisovans had a touching link to humans, a new study finds.

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  5. peanuts
    Health & Medicine

    Liquid mouth drops could one day protect people from peanut allergies

    An immune treatment given as liquid mouth drops helped allergic children eat the equivalent of a few peanuts without having a reaction.

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  6. pancreatic cancer cells
    Health & Medicine

    Pancreatic cancer tumors attack the blood vessels that deliver chemo drugs

    Pancreatic cancer is nearly impossible to treat, but now we may know why. New research shows that the tumors destroy nearby blood vessels, making it harder for drugs to reach them.

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  7. Hurricane Dorian radar image
    Earth

    Hurricane Dorian’s slow pace makes it dangerous and hard to predict

    Hurricane Dorian is one of several recent hurricanes that moved extremely slowly. Whether that's due to climate change isn't yet clear.

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  8. magnetic field lines
    Space

    Iron sulfide may be keeping Mercury’s core toasty and its magnetic field alive

    New estimates of how much heat Mercury’s core loses could explain why the tiny world has a long-lived magnetic field.

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  9. Earth illustration
    Earth

    How ancient oceans of magma may have boosted Earth’s oxygen levels

    Chemical reactions involving iron could have increased the amount of oxygen-rich compounds in the early Earth’s mantle, lab experiments suggest.

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  10. Curiosity rover
    Space

    Overnight changes in Mars’ atmosphere could solve a methane mystery

    Overnight atmospheric changes on Mars can explain why two spacecraft measure vastly different concentrations of methane.

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  11. dogs
    Life

    Human meddling has manipulated the shapes of different dog breeds’ brains

    By analyzing the shape of different dog breeds’ brains, researchers show how humans have manipulated the animals’ brain anatomy.

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  12. crane fly fossil
    Life

    Fly fossils might challenge the idea of ancient trilobites’ crystal eyes

    Fossilized crane flies from 54 million years ago probably got their crystal lenses after death.

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