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Can New Species Evolve From Cancers? Maybe. Here’s How.

Researchers agree it’s a long shot, but transmissible cancers could theoretically evolve into independent species. Certain weird parasites might be living proof.

Illustration of three black holes on a starry background
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To Make Two Black Holes Collide, Try Three

How do black holes merge and make gravitational waves? Maybe with a little help from their friends.

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In Brain’s Electrical Ripples, Markers for Memories Appear

Researchers found that elongating certain brain signals in rats improved their memory. The work revealed a new property to look out for in the hunt for “biomarkers” of learning.

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Physicists Peer Inside a Fireball of Quantum Matter

Experimenters in Germany have glimpsed the kind of strange, non-atomic matter thought to fill the cores of merging neutron stars.

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Sun’s Puzzling Plasma Recreated in a Laboratory

For the first time, researchers have created a scale model of the twisting loops of the sun’s magnetic field.

Artists impression of AGN driven outflows from a dwarf galaxy
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Big Black Holes Found in the Smallest Galaxies

Tiny, dim “dwarf” galaxies have been found to hide gas-spewing black holes.

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Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

Researchers are getting close to building a quantum computer that can perform tasks a classical computer can’t. Here’s what the milestone will mean.

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How (Relatively) Simple Symmetries Underlie Our Expanding Universe

Although Einstein’s theory of space-time seems more complicated than Newtonian physics, it greatly simplified the mathematical description of the universe.

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How Swarming Insects Act Like Fluids

By studying a swarm of flying midges as though it were a fluid, physicists have learned how collective behaviors might stabilize a group against environmental disruptions.