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  1. calcite crystals
    Chemistry

    Carbon plays a starring role in the new book ‘Symphony in C’

    In Symphony in C, geophysicist Robert Hazen explores carbon’s ancient origins, its role in life and its importance in the modern world.

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  2. solar satellite
    Astronomy

    50 years ago, scientists wanted to build solar panels on the moon

    In 1969, scientists proposed building solar panels on the moon to convert the sun’s energy into electricity that can be used on Earth.

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  3. Health & Medicine

    Why war’s emotional wounds run deeper for some kids and not others

    Researchers examine why war’s emotional wounds run deep in some youngsters, not others.

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  4. older person with dementia
    Health & Medicine

    A mysterious dementia that mimics Alzheimer’s gets named LATE

    An underappreciated form of dementia that causes memory trouble in older people gets a name: LATE.

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  5. neurons
    Artificial Intelligence

    An AI used art to control monkeys’ brain cells

    Art created by an artificial intelligence exacts unprecedented control over nerve cells tied to vision in monkey brains, and could lead to new neuroscience experiments.

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  6. double-slit experiment illustration
    Quantum Physics

    Antimatter keeps with quantum theory. It’s both particle and wave

    A new variation of the classic double-slit experiment confirms that antimatter, like normal matter, has wave-particle duality.

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  7. fox snout pouch
    Archaeology

    An ancient pouch reveals the hallucinogen stash of an Andes shaman

    South American shamans in the Andes Mountains carried mind-altering ingredients 1,000 years ago, a study finds.

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  8. Suskityrannus hazelae
    Paleontology

    A tiny mystery dinosaur from New Mexico is officially T. rex’s cousin

    A newly identified dinosaur species called Suskityrannus hazelae fills a gap in tyrannosaur lineage.

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  9. golden toad
    Life

    1 million species are under threat. Here are 5 ways we speed up extinctions

    One million of the world’s plant and animal species are now under threat of extinction, a new report finds.

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  10. kilonova over NYC
    Physics

    What a nearby kilonova would look like

    Physicists imagined what we’d see in the sky if two neutron stars collided just 1,000 light-years from Earth.

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  11. gamma ray burst
    Astronomy

    Dying stars called collapsars may forge much of the universe’s gold

    Spinning stars that collapse into black holes could help explain the origins of heavy elements such as gold and silver.

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  12. Coco River in Brazil
    Earth

    Only a third of Earth’s longest rivers still run free

    Mapping millions of kilometers of waterways shows that just 37 percent of rivers longer than 1,000 kilometers remain unchained by human activities.

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  13. tube-eye fish
    Animals

    Deep-sea fishes’ eye chemistry might let them see colors in near darkness

    An unexpected abundance of proteins for catching dim light evolved independently in three groups of weird deep-sea fishes.

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  14. Apollo mission
    Planetary Science

    Apollo-era moonquakes reveal that the moon may be tectonically active

    Moonquakes recorded decades ago suggest the moon is tectonically active. Knowing more about that activity could help scientists identify where to land future spacecraft.

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  15. pond snails
    Genetics

    Tweaking one gene with CRISPR switched the way a snail shell spirals

    The first gene-edited snails confirm which gene is responsible for the direction of the shell’s spiral.

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  16. farside of the moon
    Planetary Science

    China’s lunar rover may have found minerals from the moon’s mantle

    The Chang’e-4 mission spotted material on the lunar surface that appears to contain bits originating from the moon’s interior.

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  17. Norwich terrier
    Animals

    Some dog breeds may have trouble breathing because of a mutated gene

    Norwich terriers don’t have flat snouts, but can suffer the same wheezing as bulldogs. It turns out that a gene mutation tied to swelling could be to blame.

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  18. bats hibernating
    Animals

    Vaccines may help bats fight white nose syndrome

    Researchers are developing an oral vaccine that helps little brown bats survive the fungal disease white nose syndrome.

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