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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...

SpaceX’s astronaut launch will mark a milestone for commercial spaceflight

For the first time, humans are poised to hurtle into Earth’s orbit...

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Meet Sophia Upshaw, a volunteer in a coronavirus vaccine trial

Scientists are racing to develop and test vaccines that can protect people from the coronavirus. One particularly swift effort, sponsored by the...

U.S. honeybees had the worst winter die-off in more than a decade

U.S. honeybees just weathered an unusually bad winter. About 38 percent of beekeepers’ colonies died between October 1, 2018,...

A ‘crazy beast’ from the time of dinosaurs belongs to an obscure mammal group

A bizarre fossil provides a better look at a little-known group called gondwanatherians The ancient mammal Adalatherium hui is...

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...

A multiple sclerosis drug may speed COVID-19 recovery

A drug that boosts the immune system may help some people with COVID-19 fight off infections quickly, at least when taken in...

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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,...

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...

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...

Google officially lays claim to quantum supremacy

Quantum supremacy is here, researchers from Google claim. For the first time, a quantum computer has solved a problem...

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...