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Physicists have found quasiparticles that mimic hypothetical dark matter axions

An elusive hypothetical particle comes in imitation form. Lurking within a solid crystal is a phenomenon that is mathematically similar…

How the second known interstellar visitor makes ‘Oumuamua seem even odder

The second space rock seen visiting our solar system from another star is proving just how bizarre the first known…

Economics Nobel goes to poverty-fighting science

A scientific approach to reducing poverty’s many harmful effects via field experiments in schools and other real-world settings has won…

Nearly 1,300 injuries and 29 deaths in the U.S. have been tied to vaping

Alaska is now the only U.S. state that hasn’t reported vaping-related lung injuries. Nearly 1,300 people have been sickened and…

A supermassive black hole shredded a star and was caught in the act

Every so often, a celestial slasher film plays out in the heavens, as a supermassive black hole shreds a star…

A new cooling technique relies on untwisting coiled fibers

A new way to chill out is simple: Just unwind. Called twistocaloric cooling, the method involves unwinding tightly twisted strands…

Ancient European households combined the rich and poor

Families working the land in ancient Europe also cultivated social inequality. A social pecking order consisting of “haves” and “have-nots”…

50 years ago, an Antarctic fossil pointed to Gondwanaland’s existence

Fossil search in Antarctica, Science News, October 11, 1969 — A search for further fossil evidence that Antarctica was once…

How tardigrades protect their DNA to defy death

Tardigrades may partly owe their ability to survive outer space to having the molecular equivalent of cotton candy. Water bears,…

Too much groundwater pumping is draining many of the world’s rivers

Humankind’s collective thirst is slowly desiccating landscapes worldwide, a study of groundwater finds. Water stored in aquifers underground makes up…