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SMASH HIT To create new elements and study the chemistry of the periodic table’s heaviest atoms, researchers at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany, use the apparatus above to create beams of ions that scientists then smash into other elements.
GSI HELMHOLTZZENTRUM FÜR SCHWERIONENFORSCHUNG GMBH/JAN MICHAEL HOSAN 2018
HITTING THE GAS ‘Oumuamua had its foot on the accelerator as it left the solar system. Some astronomers think the object was spewing jets of gas, as shown in this artist’s illustration, although there’s no evidence of that. Others think it was pushed by radiation from the sun.
SOMETIMES SNEAKY The tropical bird called a greater ani has inspired a detailed test of how much cheating pays. Some individuals sneak eggs into neighbors’ nests and some don’t.
EMOTIONAL BEINGS Chimpanzee screams are an expression of fear and anger. Frans de Waal considers these and other animal emotions in Mama’s Last Hug.
A high-fiber diet, which boosts the diversity of gut microbes, may make an immune therapy against skin cancer more effective.
Most elements on the periodic table have at least one stable form. But some don’t. Here’s how long those unstable members endure.
Using the weekend to catch up on sleep is ineffective at making-up for lost sleep and offsetting the consequences to a person’s health.
The hunt for the next elements on the periodic table might turn up superheavy atoms that flaunt the rules of chemistry.
A precise timing system in the brain helps musical rodents from the cloud forests of Costa Rica sing to one another.
Varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox and shingles, may instigate several other problems.
Warming water due to climate change is diminishing sustainable fishery yields in the world’s oceans.
New skin sensors that wirelessly transmit health data could offer a less invasive way to keep tabs on newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit.
By documenting rare events of invertebrates eating small vertebrates, scientists are shedding new light on the Amazon rainforest’s intricate ecosystem.
The more television people age 50 and up watched, the worse they recalled a list of words in tests years later, a study finds.
In the 1960s, people blamed monosodium glutamate in Chinese food for making them sick, but the claim hasn’t stood up to time or science.
Birds called greater anis that can slip extra eggs into other nests create a natural test of the benefits of honest parenting.
A lab test suggests it may be possible to treat mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite to stop disease transmission.
Astronomers are coming up with some creative ideas to explain the weird behavior of the first known interstellar object.
Two new studies show that even brief contact with another person or object could transfer your DNA far and wide.
In ‘Mama’s Last Hug,’ Frans de Waal argues that emotions occur throughout the animal world.
Analyzing sediment from the massive city’s moat challenges the idea that the last capital of the Khmer Empire collapsed suddenly.
A new study finds that the smell of hermit crab flesh attracts other hermit crabs of the same species desperately looking for a larger shell.
Infusions of plasma from young people may hold the secret of youth, but there’s not much evidence to support the idea yet.
The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down on asteroid Ryugu and attempted to gather a sample of its rock to bring back to Earth.
A stream of particles created in a neutron star crash, detected in 2017 using gravitational waves, could explain certain mysterious flashes of light.
New Ardipithecus ramidus fossils reveal how hominids were shifting toward humanlike walking more than 4 million years ago.
Analyzing supernovas indicates that expansion rates agree within 1 percent across large regions of sky.
New Yorkers’ levels of artificial trans fats dropped, especially in people who ate out the most, after a citywide ban on the fats in restaurant foods.
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