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Murray Gell-Mann’s ‘totalitarian principle’ is the modern version of Plato’s plenitude

Science, like baseball, has a lot of unwritten rules. Every baseball player knows that you don’t flip your bat after…

Alzheimer’s targets brain cells that help people stay awake

 The new finding could fundamentally refocus dementia research SLEEPY TIME  In part of a human brain stem, a healthy…

A new FDA-approved drug takes aim at a deadly form of tuberculosis

 The antibiotic, paired with two others, works against highly drug-resistant TB DEADLY RESISTANCE  Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis…

LIGO and Virgo probably spotted the first black hole swallowing up a neutron star

 Astronomers may have detected gravitational waves from a new type of event BIG GULP  Gravitational waves may have revealed…

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Chemists have created and imaged a new form of carbon

 The molecule called cyclocarbon joins other carbon forms, like buckyballs and carbon nanotubes ONE RING  Scientists have created a…

Fluid in superdeep diamonds may be from some of Earth’s oldest unchanged material

 Studying such a pristine piece of early Earth may yield insights about the planet’s formation MANTLE SAMPLES Fluids trapped…

New cloaking devices could hide objects from water waves and currents

 The materials can reduce drag and wave motion on items in fluids CALM WATERS  A new cloaking technique might…

The first chlamydia vaccine has passed a major test

 The result offers hope for stemming the tens of millions of new infections each year VACCINE NEEDED  Researchers reported…

Astronomers just quintupled the number of known repeating fast radio bursts

 The find could help reveal what causes these cryptic flashes of radio waves from deep space CONSTANT VIGILANCE  A…