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Historian Liesbeth Claes and amateur treasure hunter Wim van Schaijk look at the corroded Roman coins.

100 Roman coins were likely an offering for safe passage across river

By Laura Geggel

A perplexing mystery about a scattered hoard of ancient Roman coins found near a river in the Netherlands has now been solved.

Turn milk into plastic in this fun hands-on science experiment.

Summer School with Live Science: Turn milk into plastic

By Diana Whitcroft

This Friday (July 9), we will explore the chemistry of milk plastic, (or casein plastic) in our new kids video series: Summer School with Live Science.

Life reconstruction of Heterodontosaurus vocalizing on a cool Jurassic morning.

No, this dinosaur isn't vaping. It just breathed like a weirdo.

By Mindy Weisberger

Analysis of a well-preserved fossil from South Africa provided a "missing puzzle piece" for the evolution of dinosaur respiration.

Virgin Galactic's suborbital vehicle made its second flight to space on Feb. 22, 2019.

How to watch Virgin Galactic launch billionaire Richard Branson to space on Sunday

By Elizabeth Howell

Virgin Galactic will broadcast the flight of its founder, Richard Branson, as he soars into space on Sunday (July 11).

The European Southern Observatory’s GRAVITY instrument revealed clumps of gas swirling around just outside the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Here, a visualization of that orbiting gas.

Star cluster overrun with black holes may dissolve into space

By Charles Q. Choi

A cluster composed of thousands of stars may dissolve to become a mob of dozens of black holes in a billion years.

Planet Earth

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The floor is lava; June 2021 was the hottest June in North American history.

June 2021 smashed heat records in North America

By Brandon Specktor

Satellite data finds that June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded in North America.

Tropical Storm Elsa approaches Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Tropical Storm Elsa churns toward Florida's Gulf Coast

By Jeanna Bryner

Tropical Storm Elsa is approaching north Florida's Gulf Coast, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 km/h).

Space and Physics

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Virgin Galactic's suborbital vehicle made its second flight to space on Feb. 22, 2019.

How to watch Virgin Galactic launch billionaire Richard Branson to space on Sunday

By Elizabeth Howell

Virgin Galactic will broadcast the flight of its founder, Richard Branson, as he soars into space on Sunday (July 11).

The European Southern Observatory’s GRAVITY instrument revealed clumps of gas swirling around just outside the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Here, a visualization of that orbiting gas.

Star cluster overrun with black holes may dissolve into space

By Charles Q. Choi

A cluster composed of thousands of stars may dissolve to become a mob of dozens of black holes in a billion years.

History

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Historian Liesbeth Claes and amateur treasure hunter Wim van Schaijk look at the corroded Roman coins.

100 Roman coins were likely an offering for safe passage across river

By Laura Geggel

A perplexing mystery about a scattered hoard of ancient Roman coins found near a river in the Netherlands has now been solved.

A skull (a) and photogrammetry of a skull (b) showing how the individuals had their upper incisors removed.

500-year-old skulls with facial modification unearthed in Gabon

By Mindy Weisberger

Human remains dating to the 14th and 15th centuries show that people who lived in what is now Gabon modified their faces through tooth removal.

Health

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A cat sleeping on a bed.

Cats and dogs get COVID-19 from their owners at extremely high rates

By Rachael Rettner

People who test positive for the coronavirus should steer clear of their pets.

A health worker speaks with a patient at the Covid-19 specialized ward at the Honorio Delgado Hospital in Arequipa, Peru, on June 18, 2021.

Why health officials are watching new 'lambda' coronavirus variant

By Rachael Rettner

So far, lambda has been detected in 29 countries, with high levels of spread in South American countries.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials and syringe.

Johnson & Johnson says COVID-19 vaccine protects against delta variant

By Yasemin Saplakoglu

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective against the highly transmissible delta variant, the company announced.

Animals

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close up of grizzly bear's face

Woman killed in unusual grizzly bear attack

By Nicoletta Lanese

The attack was unusual and was "not normal bear behavior," an expert said.

Two blue jays fight over a peanut.

Mass bird die-off in eastern US baffles scientists

By Cameron Duke

A mysterious illness is spreading throughout bird populations in the eastern U.S.

Nettle Jelly fish North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island.

Why are thousands of stinging jellyfish crowding the Rhode Island coast?

By Laura Geggel

Biologists aren't entirely sure why thousands of jellyfish are swarming by Rhode Island.

Strange News

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An image showing a UFO was allegedly captured on closed circuit television (CCTV) in the United Kingdom in 2008.

Most Americans think intelligent aliens exist, and half think they have visited Earth

By Mindy Weisberger

A new survey reveals that most Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life and do not feel threatened by the appearance of UFOs.

The new "scintillating starburst" illusion, bright rays emenate from the centre of the design through concentric wreaths of star-polygons.

A new type of optical illusion tricks the brain into seeing dazzling rays

By Harry Baker

Scientists have described a brand new type of visual illusion that makes people see non-existent rays shining through rings of concentric polygons.

The photo of a fry-snatching gull, captured in 2011 by photographer Hannah Huxford, quickly went viral and is now featured in a Google billboard campaign.

This french-fry-stealing seagull is the star of a new Google ad

By Mindy Weisberger

When a photographer snapped the moment a herring gull caught a french fry midair, the image quickly went viral. Now, the photo is appearing on Google billboards in Ireland and the U.K.

Culture

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A person blinking.

Why do we blink?

By Tara Santora

Why do humans blink so much?

Are ghosts real? Thousands of people report ghostly encounters every year... but is there any science to back them up?

Are ghosts real?

By Benjamin Radford

Are ghosts real? Ghost hunters like to believe that ghosts exist, but science and logic are the real ghost busters.

People walking through a city.

Humans might be making genetic evolution obsolete

By Cameron Duke

A new study on human cultural evolution argues that humans evolve much faster as cultures than as individual organisms, molding our genes in the process.

Tech

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 STEM Lab hand crank flashlight kit

Prime Day deal: Convert motion into light with a DIY hand-crank flashlight kit, 40% off

By Live Science Staff

Get 40% off this STEM activity kit on Prime Day.

Bill Nye's VR Science Kit

Robots, slime and rockets: 5 science kits on sale for Prime Day

By Live Science Staff

Save on science, with STEM experiments kits for kids on Prime Day.

Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit.

Best coding toys for kids 2021

By Jesse Emspak, TJ Fink

From programmable robots to pocket-sized computers, there are a plethora of tools out there for kids to learn the basics of programming.