News in Brief

  1. Skeleton Lake
    Humans

    India’s Skeleton Lake contains the bones of mysterious European migrants

    Not all of the hundreds of skeletons found at a north Indian lake are from the same place or period. What killed any of these people is still unknown.

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  2. neutron star
    Space

    LIGO and Virgo probably spotted the first black hole swallowing up a neutron star

    In a first, astronomers may just have detected gravitational waves from a black hole merging with a neutron star.

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  3. CHIME telescope
    Space

    Astronomers just quintupled the number of known repeating fast radio bursts

    A Canadian telescope spotted eight more repeating fast radio bursts. What causes these cryptic flashes of radio waves from deep space remains unclear.

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  4. football players
    Humans

    Even without concussions, just one football season may damage players’ brains

    A group of college football players underwent brain scans after a season of play. The results suggest the sport could impact neural signaling.

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  5. New Delhi water line
    Earth

    One in 4 people lives in places at high risk of running out of water

    An update to the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas reveals that 17 countries withdraw more than 80 percent of water available yearly.

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  6. gluten free bread
    Life

    Why people with celiac disease suffer so soon after eating gluten

    In people with celiac disease, some T cells release immune chemicals within hours of encountering gluten, triggering the fast onset of symptoms.

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  7. Big Red Ball
    Astronomy

    In a first, physicists re-created the sun’s spiraling solar wind in a lab

    Some of the sun’s fundamental physics have been re-created with plasma inside a vacuum chamber

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  8. California geologist
    Earth

    U.S. wells are pumping up groundwater from increasing depths

    Around the United States, groundwater wells are getting deeper in search of new sources of freshwater, a new study shows.

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  9. physicist laser beryliium ion
    Physics

    Increased control over ions’ motions may help improve quantum computers

    Scientists precisely manipulated the ion’s oscillations and energy levels, a key step toward building better quantum computers.

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  10. Chandrayaan 2 launch
    Planetary Science

    India’s first lunar lander is on its way to the moon

    India’s Chandrayaan 2 mission just launched, hoping to become the first Indian spacecraft to land on the moon.

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  11. zombie ant
    Animals

    A deadly fungus gives ‘zombie’ ants a case of lockjaw

    Clues left on infected ant jaws may reveal how the ‘zombie-ant-fungus’ contracts ant muscles to make their death grip.

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  12. Health worker in Congo
    Health & Medicine

    WHO declares a public health emergency over Congo’s Ebola outbreak

    The yearlong Ebola outbreak in the Congo has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization.

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