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Death has become a big business.Elaborate coffins illuminate hidden history of ancient Egypt

Last week, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities announced a spectacular find. More than 100 elaborately decorated wooden coffins, many containing intact human...

Another COVID-19 vaccine success? Candidate may prevent further coronavirus transmission, too

A third COVID-19 vaccine candidate has convincing evidence that it works, and it may be easier to distribute and cheaper than the...

The Milky Way makes little galaxies bloom, then snuffs them out

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Black hole plasma jets are shaped like bell-bottoms

Jets of high-energy plasma shooting away from supermassive black holes resemble bell-bottom pants — starting out narrow but ending with a flare....

Bringing sea otters back to the Pacific coast pays off, but not for everyone

Sea otters are staging a comeback along Canada’s North Pacific coast, but not everyone is happy about it. The...

This cow’s antibodies could be the newest weapon against COVID-19

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Black hole plasma jets are shaped like bell-bottoms

Jets of high-energy plasma shooting away from supermassive black holes resemble bell-bottom pants — starting out narrow but ending with a flare....

How Hurricane Maria’s heavy rains devastated Puerto Rico’s forests

Wind may be the usual suspect for knocking down trees during hurricanes, but a new survey of forest damage in Puerto Rico...

Fewer worms live in mud littered with lots of microplastics

Despite growing concerns over tiny bits of plastic filling the world’s waterways, the long-term environmental effects of that debris remain murky. Now...

The largest Arctic ozone hole ever measured is hovering over the North Pole

A curious confluence of atmospheric events has produced the largest ozone hole ever measured over the Arctic. A powerful...

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.

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Brewing beer may be an older craft than we realized in some places

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