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This fossilized horseshoe crab (Euproops danae), shown in the left image, held a perfectly preserved mold of its brain, shown close-up in panel B.

Perfectly preserved 310-million-year-old fossilized brain found

By Harry Baker

Researchers have uncovered a 310 million-year-old horseshoe crab fossil complete with an exceptionally rare example of a fossilized brain.

An illustration of a black hole.

Light from behind a black hole spotted for 1st time, proving Einstein right

By Ben Turner

Scientists hope to use this new discovery to better understand how space-time warps and bends in the presence of massive objects like black holes.

Proteins are complex structures in the body. Here, the brightly colored and twisty blobs represent different immune system proteins on the outer layer of a T-cell, a type of white blood cell that helps the body to identify foreign invaders.

DeepMind says it can predict the shape of every protein in the human body

By Stephanie Pappas

AI firm DeepMind says it can predict the shape of every protein in the human body and in 20 species of research animals.

The Jupiter moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in the solar system, as seen by NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft on July 7, 1979, from a distance of 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers).

Water vapor detected on huge Jupiter moon Ganymede for 1st time

By Charles Q. Choi

In the wisp-thin sky of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in the solar system, astronomers have for the first time detected evidence of water vapor, a new study finds.

Close-up of newborn baby's feet.

Baby born with 'twin' fetus inside her stomach

By Rachael Rettner

The condition occurs in about 1 in 500,000 births.

Planet Earth

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A Jack Russell jumping after a ball

Why does gravity pull us down and not up?

By Mario Borunda

Here's why the force of gravity pulls us down rather than up. The answer involves Einstein and the bendy realm of space-time.

Military personnel float on a boat on the Ahr River in Rech, Germany, on July 21, after devastating floods hit the region.

Climate report to be released next month. How bad will it be?

By Mindy Weisberger

A United Nations panel is preparing to present the first of three reports on climate change, defining the factors that shape it and recommending strategies for policymakers and global leaders.

Space and Physics

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The Jupiter moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in the solar system, as seen by NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft on July 7, 1979, from a distance of 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers).

Water vapor detected on huge Jupiter moon Ganymede for 1st time

By Charles Q. Choi

In the wisp-thin sky of Jupiter's moon Ganymede, the largest satellite in the solar system, astronomers have for the first time detected evidence of water vapor, a new study finds.

One of the team's 3-D printed isotropic helicoids.

Was Lord Kelvin wrong? 3D-printed shape casts doubt on his 150-year-old theory

By Ben Turner

A 150-year-old theory about an otherworldly shape proposed by Lord Kelvin, one of history's greatest physicists, has finally been put to the test — and his conjecture is now in doubt.

History

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The remains of the elite woman (left) and twin fetuses (right) were cremated, but some of their bones (above) weren't completely burned.

Remains of twin fetuses and wealthy mom found in Bronze Age urn

By Laura Geggel

A Bronze Age urn found in Hungary holds the remains of an elite woman and twin fetuses.

Michelangelo reportedly sculpted this wax statue, title "A Slave," in the 16th century.

Michelangelo's fingerprint possibly found on butt of wax statue

By Laura Geggel

A change in temperature and humidity levels may explain why a print on a statue sculpted by Michelangelo is now visible.

Health

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Close-up of newborn baby's feet.

Baby born with 'twin' fetus inside her stomach

By Rachael Rettner

The condition occurs in about 1 in 500,000 births.

An illustration of DNA.

Strange DNA 'borgs' discovered in California

By Yasemin Saplakoglu

It's not totally clear what these massive strings of DNA do, but they may help supercharge the organisms' ability to break down chemicals in the soil.

An illustration of a coronavirus

The real reason CDC is updating their mask guidelines

By Yasemin Saplakoglu

On Tuesday (July 27), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their coronavirus mask guidelines. Here's why.

Animals

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This fossilized horseshoe crab (Euproops danae), shown in the left image, held a perfectly preserved mold of its brain, shown close-up in panel B.

Perfectly preserved 310-million-year-old fossilized brain found

By Harry Baker

Researchers have uncovered a 310 million-year-old horseshoe crab fossil complete with an exceptionally rare example of a fossilized brain.

A three-dimensional fragment of a spongin skeleton from a modern keratosan sponge, illustrating its branching and network of fibers.

Oldest animal life on Earth possibly discovered. And it’s related to your bath sponge.

By Mindy Weisberger

Fossils from northwestern Canada may represent ancient sponges dating to 890 million years ago, making them the oldest known examples of animal life.

The pair of white orcas swim side by side off the coast of Rausu in Hokkaido, Japan on July 24.

In rare wildlife encounter, whale watchers spot two white killer whales off Japan

By Harry Baker

Whale watchers in Japan recently saw a pair of white orcas swimming side by side in a pod off the coast of Hokkaido.

Strange News

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Baking soda cleaning

Why are vinegar and baking soda so good for cleaning?

By Stacy Kish

Why are common household items like baking soda and vinegar such good cleaning agents?

The Baker Day explosion at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, as recorded by an automatically operated camera on a nearby island. Notice the mushroom cloud forming immediately after the explosion.

Why do nuclear bombs form mushroom clouds?

By Randyn Bartholomew

Here's why nuclear bomb explosions lead to a mushroom-shape cloud.

Scientists guided lucid dreamers to emulate encounters with aliens and UFOs during REM sleep.

'Alien abduction' stories may come from lucid dreaming, study hints

By Mindy Weisberger

People have described extraterrestrial encounters that take place in a dreamlike state, and experiments suggest that such experiences may be lucid dreams.

Culture

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German mathematician Emmy Noether (shown here in this portrait) was born on March 23, 1882, in Erlangen, Germany, and died April 14, 1935, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Math genius Emmy Noether endured sexism and Nazism. 100 years later, her ideas still ring true.

By Tamar Lichter Blanks

Albert Einstein described Emmy Noether as a "creative mathematical genius" who, despite "unselfish, significant work over a period of many years," did not get the recognition she deserved.

May 9, 1938: Fascism leaders, German dictator Adolf Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini standing in the back of a car, on display as they drive through Rome.

What is fascism?

By Mindy Weisberger

Fascism is a political ideology usually characterized by authoritarianism and nationalism. However, many scholars say the concept is difficult to define.

A photographer takes a selfie as a brown bear walks past.

Humans are practically defenseless. Why don't wild animals attack us more?

By Patrick Pester

Humans are slow and weak compared with bears, pumas and other large predators, but these beasts usually avoid us. Why don't these animals try to eat us more often?

Tech

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Proteins are complex structures in the body. Here, the brightly colored and twisty blobs represent different immune system proteins on the outer layer of a T-cell, a type of white blood cell that helps the body to identify foreign invaders.

DeepMind says it can predict the shape of every protein in the human body

By Stephanie Pappas

AI firm DeepMind says it can predict the shape of every protein in the human body and in 20 species of research animals.

Blue Origin made history when four passengers, including Jeff Bezos, lifted off and made it to space aboard New Shepard.

Blue Origin record-breaking rocket launch just brought Jeff Bezos to space and back

By Mindy Weisberger

The Blue Origins rocket New Shepard launched to the edge of space today, with former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and three other passengers onboard.

Abstract background, quantum physics, wave function

AI designs quantum physics experiments beyond what any human has conceived

By Anil Ananthaswamy

Originally built to speed up calculations, a machine-learning system is now making shocking progress at the frontiers of experimental quantum physics