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  1. half of a brain
    Neuroscience

    Some people with half a brain have extra strong neural connections

    Brain scans of six people who had half their brains removed as epileptic children show signs of compensation.

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  2. Caribou herd
    Life

    Caribou migrate farther than any other known land animal

    Caribou in Alaska and Canada migrate up to 1,350 kilometers round trip each year, a study reports.

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  3. mouse intestine
    Health & Medicine

    Full intestines, more than full stomachs, may tell mice to stop eating

    A new description of stretch-sensing nerve endings in mice’s intestines could lead to ways to treat obesity.

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  4. Humpback whale
    Animals

    Humpback whales in the South Atlantic have recovered from near-extinction

    A new count shows the population off Brazil went from about 450 in the 1950s to some 25,000 today.

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  5. lead
    Materials Science

    Lead becomes stronger than steel under extreme pressures

    Lead is a soft metal, easily scratched with a fingernail. But that changes dramatically when the metal is compressed under high pressures.

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  6. kids holding trees to plant
    Climate

    5 things to know about fighting climate change by planting trees

    One group’s idea of planting vast swaths of trees to curb climate change exaggerates the proposal’s power to trap carbon, some argue.

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  7. solar spicules
    Space

    Realigning magnetic fields may drive the sun’s spiky plasma tendrils

    Solar spicules emerge near counterpointing magnetic fields, hinting that self-adjusting magnetism creates these filaments, which may heat the corona.

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  8. gold plate
    Tech

    A tiny switch could redirect light between computer chips in mere nanoseconds

    Microscopic switches that ferry information using light, not electric current, could help create better, faster electronics.

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  9. landfill
    Climate

    California landfills are belching high levels of climate-warming methane

    Airborne remote sensing spots the Golden State’s biggest emitters of the potent greenhouse gas from the sky.

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  10. Neisseria gonorrhoeae
    Health & Medicine

    Drug-resistant microbes kill about 35,000 people in the U.S. per year

    The latest CDC report on drug-resistant microbes finds that these pathogens infect close to 3 million people in the United States each year.

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  11. jaw bone
    Animals

    A tooth fossil shows Gigantopithecus’ close ties to modern orangutans

    Proteins from the past help clarify how an ancient Asian ape that was larger than a full-grown, modern male gorilla evolved.

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  12. Arrokoth
    Space

    NASA gave Ultima Thule a new official name

    The distant world briefly visited by New Horizons is now called Arrokoth, a Powhatan word that means “sky.”

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