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Scientists cooled a nanoparticle to the quantum limit

The particle’s motion reached the lowest level allowed by the Heisenberg uncertainty...

The physics of solar flares could help scientists predict imminent outbursts

Space weather forecasting is a guessing game. Predictions of outbursts from the...

Black hole plasma jets are shaped like bell-bottoms

Jets of high-energy plasma shooting away from supermassive black holes resemble bell-bottom...

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Here’s what we know about Russia’s unverified coronavirus vaccine

Russia has launched a new Sputnik — this time, a vaccine to combat the coronavirus. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

What does COVID-19 vaccine efficacy mean?

With several vaccines against COVID-19 in late-phase testing, the business of measuring efficacy is front and center. Determining the...

Climate change made a southwestern U.S. drought one of the worst in 1,200 years

The drought in southwestern North America that lasted from 2000 to 2018 is among the most severe to strike the region in...

4 reasons not to worry about that ‘new’ swine flu in the news

It may feel odd to be thinking ahead to the next potential pandemic when the world is far from finished with the...

Squid edit their genetic material in a uniquely weird place

Squid can edit their genetic information in a place scientists didn’t expect. Longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the...

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The universe might have a fundamental clock that ticks very, very fast

Like a metronome that sets the tempo for a musician, a fundamental cosmic clock may be keeping time throughout the universe. But...

Hitchhiking oxpeckers warn endangered rhinos when people are nearby

Red-billed oxpeckers hitching rides on the backs of black rhinos are a common sight in the African bush. The birds are best...

The closest black hole to Earth may have been spotted 1,000 light-years away

The closest black hole to the solar system ever spotted may be just 1,000 light-years away. This newfound dark neighbor is at...

There’s no evidence the coronavirus jumped from pangolins to people

Pangolins can harbor coronaviruses related to the new coronavirus, a study finds. Scientists studied viruses in pangolins (Manis javanica)...

Bad moods could be contagious among ravens

Here’s a downer: Pessimism seems contagious among ravens. But positivity? Not so much. When ravens saw fellow birds’ responses...