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Fast radio bursts could help solve the mystery of the universe’s expansion

Astronomers have been arguing about the rate of the universe’s expansion...

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

If you’re a small galaxy and want to mint new stars, come...

Scientists cooled a nanoparticle to the quantum limit

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

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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...

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...

Scientists cooled a nanoparticle to the quantum limit

The particle’s motion reached the lowest level allowed by the Heisenberg uncertainty principle A tiny nanoparticle has been chilled...

How COVID-19 may trigger dangerous blood clots

Some of COVID-19’s dangerous blood clots may come from the immune system attacking a patient’s body rather than going after the virus,...

A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

Scientists can’t yet rebuild someone with bionic body parts. They don’t have the technology. But a new artificial eye brings cyborgs one...

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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...

Some existing drugs might fight COVID-19. One may make it worse

Scientists are investigating a variety of drugs, including ones for anxiety and allergies, that might prevent the coronavirus from hijacking different cell...

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...

New Guinea’s mysterious singing dogs found again in the wild

The haunting, plaintive wail of New Guinean singing dogs once resounded throughout the island’s lush mountains and valleys. Today, with the wild...

A new 3-D map illuminates the ‘little brain’ within the heart

The heart has its own “brain.” Now, scientists have drawn a detailed map of this little brain, called the intracardiac nervous system,...