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  1. Science & Society

    ‘After 1177 B.C.’ describes how societies fared when the Bronze Age ended

    Archaeologist Eric H. Cline’s new book reconstructs ancient examples of societal resilience and fragility that have modern-day relevance.

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  2. Earth

    50 years ago, the sun’s influence on Earth’s lightning was revealed

    The solar wind and sunspots seem to give lightning a boost. But exactly how solar activity stimulates strikes is an enduring mystery.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    AI could take medical imaging to the next level 

    Artificial intelligence in medical imaging is taking off. Experts share what they see as the promise — and potential pitfalls — of AI technology.

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  4. Plants

    This tentacled, parasitic ‘fairy lantern’ plant is new to science

    The bizarre new plant from Malaysia parasitizes subterranean fungi and only briefly erupts from the soil to flower.

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  5. Readers react to a rare visual disorder, microplastics in arteries and more

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  6. Celebrating the second law of thermodynamics

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute talks about the history and enduring mysteries of the second law of thermodynamics.

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  7. Quantum Physics

    Physicists measured Earth’s rotation using quantum entanglement

    The experiment is a step toward testing how quantum physics interfaces with gravity.

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  8. Paleontology

    Early ants may have had complex social lives, fossil data suggests

    The earliest ants may have been primed for a highly social life — 100 million years ago, the insects had antennae tuned to key communication functions.

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  9. Climate

    The Arctic is warming rapidly. These clouds may hold clues as to why

    Climate simulations can’t fully handle towering Arctic thunderclouds. So scientists have been flying a C-130 into and around the clouds to learn more.

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  10. Health & Medicine

    A malaria drug could be used to treat PCOS, a common hormone disorder

    Artemisinin is known to be effective against malaria, lupus, cancer and now possibly polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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  11. Paleontology

    ‘Echidnapus’ hints at a lost age of egg-laying mammals

    The fossil discoveries double the number of known monotreme species during the Cretaceous Period.

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  12. Physics

    The second law of thermodynamics underlies nearly everything. But is it inviolable?

    Two centuries on, scientists are still seeking a proof of the Second Law and why heat always flows from hot to cold.

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