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  1. blue whirls
    Physics

    Flaming fuel on water creates ‘blue whirl’ that burns clean

    Scientists found a way to burn fuel on water that leaves little soot behind.

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  2. illustration of orbit of asteroid 2016 HO3
    Planetary Science

    Earth has a tiny tagalong, and no, it’s not a moon

    Asteroid 2016 HO3 is a quasisatellite of Earth — orbiting the sun while never wandering far from our planet.

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  3. research vessel in the Arctic Ocean
    Oceans

    The Arctic Ocean is about to get spicier

    Variations in the saltiness and temperature of seawater of the same density, called spiciness, could increase as the Arctic Ocean warms.

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  4. Shanghai
    Environment

    Dome effect leaves Chinese megacities under thick haze

    Airborne black carbon lowers an atmospheric boundary, trapping pollution around major cities and worsening air quality, researchers propose.

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  5. Black hole merger
    Astronomy

    Black hole smashup generated yottawatts of power

    For a split second, LIGO’s black hole collision generated 36 septillion yottawatts of power, or 50 times the power from all the stars in the universe.

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  6. Astronomy

    Clues left at a galactic hit-and-run

    Scientists may have discovered a dwarf galaxy that triggered a “galaxy quake” when it buzzed by the Milky Way a few hundred million years ago.

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  7. a superpuff planet
    Astronomy

    Super-Earths, meet superpuffs, a lighter weight class of planet

    Superpuffs are underweight, oversized planets that formed in outskirts of star systems before cuddling up close to their sun.

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  8. satyr statue
    Animals

    For a female mosquito, the wrong guy can mean no babies

    Male Asian tiger mosquitoes leave female yellow fever mosquitoes uninterested in mating with their own species, a process known as “satyrization.”

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  9. Health & Medicine

    ‘Vomiting device’ sounds gross but it helps study infections

    Scientists created a “vomiting device” to study how norovirus spreads through the air.

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  10. Olive oil
    Health & Medicine

    The five basic tastes have sixth sibling: oleogustus

    Scientists dub the taste of fat oleogustus.

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  11. cantaloupe
    Genetics

    Melonomics: Sounds like a cancer, smells like a melon

    The project that published the first melon genome dubbed itself melonomics.

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  12. describing genomical
    Genetics

    Enormous quantities may soon be called ‘genomical’

    Genetic data may soon reach beyond astronomical proportions.

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