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  1. Julián Alvarado Gómez
    Astronomy

    How an astrophysicist chased a star from the Halo games to real life

    Julián Alvarado Gómez has devoted his career to a star called Iota Horologii. His former life as a Halo video gamer helps fuel that devotion.

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  2. 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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  3. vase depicting women weaving
    Humans

    Textile archaeologists use ancient tools to weave a tapestry of the past

    Using tools leftover from ancient spindles and looms, textile archaeologists are starting to understand the fabrics of the past.

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  4. strep virus brain illustration
    Health & Medicine

    How strep throat may spark OCD and anxiety in some kids

    A potential link between strep throat and sudden mental disorders in children raises questions about how infections can alter the brain.

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  5. neurons
    Health & Medicine

    How pieces of live human brain are helping scientists map nerve cells

    Experiments on live nerve cells — donated from patients undergoing brain surgery — may turn up clues about how the human brain works.

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  6. Boston flooding sign
    Science & Society

    With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future

    Boston has armed itself with a science-driven master plan to protect itself from increasingly inevitable storm surges and rising seas.

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  7. graphene friction
    Physics

    Scientists seek materials that defy friction at the atomic level

    Scientists investigate superslippery materials and other unusual friction feats.

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  8. illustration of older couple
    Health & Medicine

    Positive attitudes about aging may pay off in better health

    Research into the mind-body connection shows that attitude is everything when it comes to healthy aging.

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  9. Buzz Aldrin on the moon
    Planetary Science

    Accolades, skepticism and science marked Science News’ coverage of Apollo

    Science News’ coverage of the Apollo program stayed focused on the science but also framed the moon missions in the broader social and political context of the era.

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  10. Lisa with moon rocks
    Planetary Science

    How NASA has kept Apollo moon rocks safe from contamination for 50 years

    NASA wouldn’t let our reporter touch the Apollo moon rocks. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

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  11. Apollo 15 lunar module
    Planetary Science

    Apollo astronauts left trash, mementos and experiments on the moon

    Here’s what planetary scientists are learning from the remains of Apollo outposts, and how archeologists hope to preserve it.

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  12. Ecosystems

    Moonlight shapes how some animals move, grow and even sing

    The moon’s light influences lion prey behavior, dung beetle navigation, fish growth, mass migrations and birdsong.

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