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Accessed on 17 September 2019, 0125 UTC.

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  1. graphs
    MATH

    A new book shows how not to fall for dubious statistics

    Skipped statistics in school and wonder what you missed? David Spiegelhalter’s ‘The Art of Statistics’ has got you covered.

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  2. black hole rings
    PHYSICS

    Gravitational waves from a ringing black hole support the no-hair theorem

    A new study of gravitational waves from merging black holes agrees with the predictions of the general theory of relativity.

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  3. coral reef environment
    LIFE

    Climate change may be throwing coral sex out of sync

    Several widespread corals in the Red Sea are flubbing cues to spawn en masse.

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  4. St. Catherines Island
    HUMANS

    An island grave site hints at far-flung ties among ancient Americans

    Great Lakes and southeastern coastal hunter-gatherers had direct contact around 4,000 years ago, a study suggests.

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  5. ‘Oumuamua interstellar object
    PLANETARY SCIENCE

    Astronomers have spotted a second interstellar object

    Researchers will be able to watch what appears to be an interstellar comet swoop through the solar system for about a year.

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  6. white-crowned sparrow
    AGRICULTURE

    Birds fed a common pesticide lost weight rapidly and had migration delays

    Scientists have previously implicated neonicotinoid pesticides in declining bee populations. Now a study suggests that songbirds are affected, too.

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  7. night sky
    TECH

    This device harnesses the cold night sky to generate electricity in the dark

    A new thermoelectric generator uses the temperature difference between Earth and outer space to create electricity after the sun goes down.

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  8. administering a polio vaccine
    HEALTH & MEDICINE

    50 years ago, polio was still circulating in the United States

    The world has never been closer to eradicating polio, but the disease could come roaring back where vaccination is spotty.

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  9. Exoplanet K2 18b
    ASTRONOMY

    This may be the first known exoplanet with rain and clouds of water droplets

    For the first time, astronomers have detected water vapor and possibly signs of clouds and even rain in the air of a potentially habitable exoplanet.

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  10. MeerKAT telescope array
    ASTRONOMY

    Giant radio bubbles spew from near the Milky Way’s central black hole

    New structures found at the heart of our galaxy join other bubbles, chimneys and filaments that hint at a turbulent past.

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  11. pollen
    SCIENCE & SOCIETY

    ‘The Nature of Life and Death’ spotlights pollen’s role in solving crimes

    In ‘The Nature of Life and Death,’ botanist Patricia Wiltshire recounts some of her most memorable cases.

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  12. person painting with paintbrush held in their toes
    HUMANS

    Artists who paint with their feet have ‘toe maps’ in their brains

    Brain specialization comes with toe specialization in people who use their feet for painting, eating and writing.

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