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  1. illustration of the Lucy spacecraft approaching an asteroid
    Space

    5 cool things to know about NASA’s Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids

    NASA’s Lucy is the first spacecraft to head to the two giant clumps of space rocks that tag along in Jupiter’s orbit.

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  2. four barnacles on the surface of a crab carapace
    Animals

    Barnacles are famed for not budging. But one species roams its sea turtle hosts

    Once settled and glued to the substrate, adult barnacles stay put. But turtle barnacles upend this trend, sliding slowly across their reptilian rides.

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  3. image of earthshine
    Earth

    Earth is reflecting less light. It’s not clear if that’s a trend

    A decrease in Earth’s reflectance shows our planet is absorbing more solar radiation, but it’s not clear if the trend will last.

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  4. white dwarf star illustration
    Astronomy

    A Jupiter-like planet orbiting a white dwarf hints at our solar system’s future

    A new planet is the first ever discovered that is orbiting a white dwarf and resembles Jupiter in both its mass and its distance from its star.

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  5. a jaguar swimming in water
    Animals

    Huge numbers of fish-eating jaguars prowl Brazil’s wetlands

    Jaguars in the northern Pantanal ecosystem primarily feed on fish and caiman, living at densities previously unknown for the species.

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  6. Women looking at an old photograph
    Psychology

    Nostalgia may have bona fide benefits in hard times, like the pandemic

    Once described as a disease, nostalgia’s reputation is much improved. Researchers hope to develop mental health therapies that trigger these memories.

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  7. illustration of a white dwarf star and a red dwarf star in the binary star system AE Aquarii
    Astronomy

    The fastest-spinning white dwarf ever seen rotates once every 25 seconds

    A white dwarf star that spins every 25 seconds owes its record-breaking rotation rate to a companion star dumping gas onto it.

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  8. a young woman working at a McDonald's restaurant
    Science & Society

    Methods of getting results from real-world experiments win 2021 economics Nobel

    David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens share the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing a science of naturally occurring social studies.

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  9. an ancient burned tobacco seed shown from three angles
    Archaeology

    The earliest evidence of tobacco use dates to over 12,000 years ago

    Burned seeds at an archaeological site in Utah hint at tobacco’s popularity long before it was domesticated.

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  10. two Siberian sled dogs
    Archaeology

    Dog DNA reveals ancient trade network connecting the Arctic to the outside world

    People in Siberia were exchanging canines and probably other goods as early as 7,000 years ago with cultures as far off as Europe and the Near East.

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  11. A capsule containing moon rocks next to a Chinese flag with vehicles in the background
    Astronomy

    China’s lunar rock samples show lava flowed on the moon 2 billion years ago

    The first lunar rocks returned to Earth in more than 40 years show that the moon was volcanically active later than scientists thought.

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  12. an illustration of a giant ground sloth eating from a mammal carcass in front of a cave
    Animals

    Giant ground sloths may have been meat-eating scavengers

    Contrary to previous assumptions, at least one ancient giant ground sloth was a meat eater.

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