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More Stories from the June 6, 2020 issue

  1. Health & Medicine

    As we wait for a vaccine, here’s a snapshot of potential COVID-19 treatments

    Though a vaccine remains the ultimate goal, researchers are on the hunt for new ways to treat COVID-19.

  2. Paleontology

    A ‘crazy beast’ from the time of dinosaurs belongs to an obscure mammal group

    Paleontologists have finally matched a bizarre fossil, Adalatherium hui, to an obscure group of ancient mammals called gondwanatherians.

  3. Oceans

    Deep-sea mining may damage underwater ecosystems for decades

    Microbe communities in the seabed off Peru still haven’t fully recovered from being disturbed by a deep-sea mining experiment 26 years ago.

  4. Genetics

    New hybrid embryos are the most thorough mixing of humans and mice yet

    Human-mice chimeras may usher in a deeper understanding of how cells build bodies.

  5. Space

    The closest black hole to Earth may have been spotted 1,000 light-years away

    What appears to be the closest black hole to the solar system shares orbits with two massive stars, a new study finds.

  6. Physics

    A newfound superconducting current travels only along a material’s edge

    In a first, scientists spot electricity flowing without resistance on the rim of a topological superconductor.

  7. Astronomy

    The sun is less magnetically active than similar stars, and we don’t know why

    Why our star seems so different from its stellar kin is a mystery.

  8. Earth

    Plate tectonics may have started 400 million years earlier than we thought

    Magnetic minerals in ancient rocks suggest that plate tectonics may have been under way as early as 3.2 billion years ago.

  9. Planetary Science

    Planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres could harbor life

    Lab experiments show yeast and E. coli survive and reproduce in hydrogen gas, suggesting new environments to seek alien life.

  10. Animals

    Why mammals like elephants and armadillos might get drunk easily

    Differences in a gene for breaking down alcohol could help explain which mammals get tipsy.

  11. Health & Medicine

    A pill for heavy metal poisoning may also save snakebite victims

    In mice, an oral medication delayed or even prevented death after a lethal dose of viper venom, a new study finds.

  12. Paleontology

    Spinosaurus fossil tail suggests dinosaurs were swimmers after all

    Unique among known dinosaurs, Spinosaurus had a finlike tail, which the predator may have used to propel itself through the water.

  13. Health & Medicine

    Vaping may damage the heart just as smoking does

    Vapers and smokers showed similar signs of blood vessel damage, compared with people who didn’t smoke or vape.

  14. Physics

    Gravitational waves have revealed the first unevenly sized black hole pair

    For the first time, LIGO and Virgo scientists spotted gravitational waves produced when one big black hole merged with a smaller one.

  15. Animals

    Some comb jellies cannibalize their young when food is scarce

    Invasive warty comb jellies feast on their larvae after massive population booms in the summer deplete their prey from waters off of Germany.

  16. Anthropology

    16th century skeletons suggest the slave trade brought some diseases to Mexico

    Slaves buried in a 16th century grave in Mexico had hepatitis B and yaws, suggesting the slave trade helped spread some versions of those diseases.

  17. Earth

    50 years ago, scientists were getting a better glimpse inside storms

    In 1970, experts were harnessing technologies that provided a three-dimensional picture of the inside of a storm.