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  1. person getting a flu shot
    Genetics

    If you’re 35 or younger, your genes can predict whether the flu vaccine will work

    A set of nine genes predicted an effective response to the flu vaccine in young people, no matter the strains.

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  2. Hyracotherium illustration
    Life

    How horses lost their toes

    Fossils reveal that as horses evolved to have fewer toes, they also got stronger and faster.

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  3. illustration of human gut
    Health & Medicine

    How gut bacteria may affect anxiety

    Microbes may tamper with the production of tiny molecules in brain regions that help control anxiety.

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  4. white dwarf
    Astronomy

    Star that exploded in 1437 tracked to its current position

    Astronomers have hunted down a star seen exploding in the year 1437 and traced it since, offering clues to the stages of a white dwarf.

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  5. illustration of a ring of debris
    Astronomy

    Tabby’s star is probably just dusty, and still not an alien megastructure

    New looks at older data on the weirdly flickering Tabby’s star muddy possible explanations — but it’s still probably not aliens.

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  6. tar
    Anthropology

    Fiery re-creations show how Neandertals could have easily made tar

    Neandertals could have made tar with simple methods and materials on hand, new experiments show.

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  7. quantum communication
    Tech

    Tiny quantum storage device fits on a chip

    Photon information processing on nanoscale could enable future communication networks.

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  8. illustration of waves
    Quantum Physics

    Minuscule jitters may hint at quantum collapse mechanism

    Vibrations of a tiny cantilever could help reveal why quantum rules fail on large scales.

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  9. Zika virus and stem cells
    Health & Medicine

    Zika could one day help combat deadly brain cancer

    The Zika virus targets cells that cause glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, studies in human cells and mice show.

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  10. Paleontology

    Woolly rhinos may have grown strange extra ribs before going extinct

    Ribs attached to neck bones could have signaled trouble for woolly rhinos, a new study suggests.

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  11. illustration of neurons
    Neuroscience

    Brain chemical lost in Parkinson’s may contribute to its own demise

    A dangerous form of the chemical messenger dopamine causes cellular mayhem in the very nerve cells that make it.

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  12. a common fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus
    Life

    When a fungus invades the lungs, immune cells can tell it to self-destruct

    Immune system resists fungal infection by directing spores to their death.

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  13. sea slug
    Animals

    Animal goo inspires better glue

    Researchers are turning to nature to create adhesives that work in the wet environment of the human body.

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  14. photo of Uranus taken by Voyager in 1986
    Planetary Science

    Moons of Uranus face future collision

    By studying variations in the rings of Uranus, researchers have determined the mass and density of the planet’s moon Cressida.

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  15. Psychology

    Confusion lingers over health-related pros and cons of marijuana

    50 years ago, the effects of chronic marijuana smoking on mental health were hazy. They still are.

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  16. Myotis myotis bat
    Animals

    Why bats crash into windows

    Smooth, vertical surfaces may be blind spots for bats and cause some animals to face-plant, study suggests.

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  17. XENON1T
    Particle Physics

    Dark matter still remains elusive

    Scientists continue the search for particles that make up the universe’s missing matter.

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