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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...

A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

Scientists can’t yet rebuild someone with bionic body parts. They don’t have...

Google officially lays claim to quantum supremacy

Quantum supremacy is here, researchers from Google claim. For...

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How antibody tests work and could help fight the coronavirus

The United Kingdom has ordered 3.5 million antibody tests, which would show whether someone has been exposed to COVID-19. Such tests, which...

Drugs for high blood pressure don’t appear to make COVID-19 worse

Drugs widely used to treat high blood pressure do not appear to make COVID-19 dangerously worse. Two new studies...

Is the coronavirus mutating? Yes. But here’s why you don’t need to panic

In novels and movies, infectious pathogens mutate and inevitably become more dangerous. In the blockbuster movie Contagion, for instance, a deadly virus...

Quasar winds with record energy levels were seen fleeing a distant galaxy

Black holes in the distant universe blow winds with 100 times the energy of all the stars in the Milky Way combined....

Planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres could harbor life

Microbes can live and grow in an atmosphere of pure hydrogen, lab experiments show. The finding could widen the range of environments...

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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)...

Climate change is slowly drying up the Colorado River

Climate change is threatening to dry up the Colorado River — jeopardizing a water supply that serves some 40 million people from...

The new COVID-19 drug remdesivir is here. Now what?

Though remdesivir, a new treatment for COVID-19, has been hailed as a game changer, most people sick with the coronavirus will have...

DNA from a 5,200-year-old Irish tomb hints at ancient royal incest

A man buried in a huge, roughly 5200-year-old Irish stone tomb was the product of incest, a new study finds.

The oldest genetic link between Asians and Native Americans was found in Siberia

DNA gleaned from a roughly 14,000-year-old fragment of a human tooth suggests that people inhabiting a surprisingly large swath of Asia were...