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  1. Planetary Science

    Moon had a magnetic field for at least a billion years longer than thought

    The moon’s magnetic field could have lasted until about a billion years ago.

  2. Life

    Polluted water: It’s where sea snakes wear black

    Reptile counterpart proposed for textbook example of evolution favoring darker moths amid industrial soot.

  3. Particle Physics

    Normally aloof particles of light seen ricocheting off each other

    Scientists spot evidence of photons interacting at the Large Hadron Collider.

  4. Earth

    Seismologists get to the bottom of how deep Earth’s continents go

    Scientists may have finally pinpointed the bottoms of the continents.

  5. Tech

    Robot, heal thyself

    Self-healing material is helping make more resilient robots.

  6. Health & Medicine

    A new tool could one day improve Lyme disease diagnosis

    There soon could be a way to differentiate between Lyme disease and a similar tick-associated illness.

  7. Neuroscience

    How an itch hitches a ride to the brain

    Scientists have figured out how your brain registers the sensation of itch.

  8. Life

    Embryos kill off male tissue to become female

    Female embryos actively dismantle male reproductive tissue, a textbook-challenging study suggests.

  9. Astronomy

    We share the Milky Way with 100 million black holes

    New census calculates black hole populations in galaxies big and small.

  10. Astronomy

    Cosmic lens lets astronomers zoom in on a black hole’s burps

    The beginnings of a jet from an active black hole in a distant galaxy were spotted thanks to a lucky alignment.

  11. Anthropology

    Some secrets of China’s terra-cotta army are baked in the clay

    Specialized production system lay behind the famous terra-cotta troops found in ancient Chinese emperor’s tomb.

  12. Tech

    New antennas are up to a hundredth the size of today’s devices

    A new type of antenna could be used in tiny electronics for wearable tech, injectable medical devices and more.

  13. Anthropology

    Nitty-gritty of Homo naledi’s diet revealed in its teeth

    Ancient humanlike species ate something that damaged its teeth.

  14. Physics

    Molecules face the big chill

    Scientists have cooled molecules below a previously impassable limit.

  15. Animals

    This sea snake looks like a banana and hunts like a Slinky

    A newly identified sea snake subspecies is known to live in a single gulf off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

  16. Tech

    50 years ago, West Germany embraced nuclear power

    In 1967, Germany gave nuclear power a try. Today, the country is trading nukes for renewables.

  17. Climate

    Rising temperatures threaten heat-tolerant aardvarks

    Aardvarks may get a roundabout hit from climate change — less food.

  18. Archaeology

    People may have lived in Brazil more than 20,000 years ago

    Stone Age humans left behind clues of their presence at a remote Brazilian rock shelter.