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In the far, far future, the universe will likely end—but new research reports that it won't go quietly.

In a startling and confusing move, Russia claims it has approved the world’s first #COVID19  vaccine, which has been tested in just 76 people. Scientists around the world have denounced the certification as premature and inappropriate. @pulitzercenter 

McCown’s longspur—a grassland bird native to the central U.S.—will henceforth be known as the thick-billed longspur, dropping the reference to McCown, a Confederate general in the Civil War.

Your hair can crack steel when it hits the right spot:

Archaeologists are calling for an end to the “frat party” vibe at field schools. They’re exploring best practices to prevent sexual harassment and looking for ways to make these schools more inclusive.

A newly released image comes as a surprise to astronomers, where a young galaxy, spied when the universe was just 10% of its current age, looks remarkably like our calm and well-ordered Milky Way.

A federal judge today gave a lighter sentence to scientist Eva Lee because of her work on the #coronavirus . She had pleaded guilty to making false statements about her federal grant.

An elephant's trunk can lift a giant log—and gently grasp a tortilla chip: #WorldElephantDay  #ScienceMagArchives 

A panacea for our polluted rivers? The secret may be in, yes, mud.


Far beneath the ice cap at Mars’s south pole lies a lake of liquid water—the first to be found on the Red Planet:

It may not sound like much, but the audio clip in this story is the first reconstruction of an ancient human voice—one belonging to a 3000-year-old Egyptian mummy named Nesyamun.

Italians can speak up to nine syllables per second, while Germans deliver five to six syllables in the same tick of a watch. Yet, they transmit a similar amount of information, according to a new study.

As with other behavioral traits such as personality, there is no single “gay gene.” Instead, same-sex sexual behavior appears to be influenced by perhaps hundreds or thousands of genes, each with tiny effects, according to new research.

A new finding that Chinese pigs are more and more frequently becoming infected with a strain of influenza that has the potential to jump to humans has infectious disease researchers worldwide taking serious notice.

#COVID19 is strangely—and tragically—selective. Researchers are now gearing up to scour patients’ genomes for DNA variations that could explain why some are more susceptible to the disease than others.

"Proactive school closures—closing schools before there’s a case there—have been shown to be one of the most powerful nonpharmaceutical interventions that we can deploy." #coronavirus 

A newly discovered dwarf planet—nicknamed “Farout”—may be the solar system’s most distant resident.

Researchers have found a way to convert Type A blood to universal donor blood, potentially revolutionizing blood donation and transfusion.