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  1. fossilized skeletons of four kungas lying side by side
    Animals

    Part donkey, part wild ass, the kunga is the oldest known hybrid bred by humans

    Syria’s 4,500-year-old kungas were donkey-wild ass hybrids, genetic analysis reveals, so the earliest known example of humans crossing animal species.

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  2. illustration of one human figure standing separate from a group of figures
    Science & Society

    Why do some people succeed when others fail? Outliers provide clues

    A close look at outliers — people or communities that defy expectations — reveals what could be.

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  3. aerial image of the excavation at Oaklawn cemetery in Tulsa
    Science & Society

    How some of 2021’s major science stories evolved over time

    Tulsa massacre analysis and a genetically modified mosquito release are two important updates to 2021 stories.

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  4. Illustration of a black hole
    Science & Society

    6 surprising records science set in 2021

    Ancient mammoth DNA and a new source of gravitational waves set new records this year.

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  5. an illustration of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    These are the viruses that mRNA vaccines may take on next

    Now that mRNA vaccines have proved effective against the coronavirus, scientists are taking aim at influenza, HIV and other viruses.

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  6. A device captures aerosols from the breath of a COVID patient
    Health & Medicine

    Why it matters that health agencies finally said the coronavirus is airborne

    Recognizing that the coronavirus spreads through the air reinforced the importance of wearing masks and altered public health recommendations.

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  7. illustration of a person climbing a mountain with vaccine syringes as poles
    Health & Medicine

    In 2021, COVID-19 vaccines were put to the test. Here’s what we learned

    Vaccines can’t single-handedly end the pandemic, but they are still essential in the fight against the coronavirus.

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  8. collage of covers of 10 books
    Science & Society

    These are Science News’ favorite books of 2021

    Our favorite books covered the Big Bang theory, human evolution, gene editing, how to define life, pseudoscience and more.

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  9. illustration of orange and red prostate cancer cells
    Health & Medicine

    A massive 8-year effort finds that much cancer research can’t be replicated

    A project aiming to reproduce nearly 200 top cancer experiments found only a quarter could be replicated.

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