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Whether Neandertals buried their dead in funeral rituals has been debated for decades.

What’s the best way to combat cat allergies — vaccinations for the cats? Fast-acting shots for humans? Genetically engineering a hypoallergenic cat? #longreads 

“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country.”

“The general cause of Marsquakes is the cooling of the planet. The details of any particular Marsquake are still difficult to figure out.”

“If you're a salamander trying to survive in this … food-poor environment, and you find a nice area to establish a home or territory — why would you leave?"

This “establishes some critical natural history, and opens up a whole new set of exciting questions.”

Warmer weather allows for less snow cover, leaving more open ground that absorbs more sunlight. And that causes more water on the ground to evaporate before it can feed into the river.

“There are very few [legal] requirements for what those in the [power] industry have to do to comport with climate change.” #longreads 

This could help in targeting how and where to reduce these climate-warming emissions.

For decades, researchers have regarded roughly 6,000-year-old Mesopotamian sites, in what’s now Iraq, Iran and Syria, as the world’s first cities. But that assumption has faced mounting questions in recent years.


Here it is: The first picture of a black hole! #EHTBlackHole 

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This robot can do push-ups. It even 'sweats' to keep the motors of its muscles cool.

For the first time, astronomers have found molecular oxygen — the same gas humans breathe — in a galaxy outside the Milky Way.

#OTD in 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, then a graduate student, discovered pulsars. The discovery garnered a Nobel Prize just six years after it was announced in 1968 — but Burnell's supervisor got the prize instead of her. #PulsarWeek 

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Happy 76th birthday to the world's most famous living physicist, Stephen Hawking!

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She's one of the most important people in the history of physics. Einstein called her a “creative mathematical genius.” She worked without pay because she was a woman. #WomenInScience 

Once people know how little the U.S. spends on science, they support more federal funding for it:

The intense gravitational pull of a black hole bends the light around it. #blackholeweek 

For the first time, scientists have made 2-deoxyribose, the sugar that makes up the backbone of DNA, under cosmic conditions in the lab by blasting ice with radiation.