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Off-the-Shelf Lens Assists Dark Matter Find

A camera lens often used by wildlife and sports photographers has helped astronomers learn about dark matter and galaxy formation.

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From Gaia, a Twinkling Treasure Trove

The first star map from the ESA’s Gaia space telescope is poised to revolutionize our understanding of the Milky Way galaxy.

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Responding Rapidly to Big Discoveries

How do scientists react to major breaking science news? For astrophysicists after the big gravitational waves announcement, it was meeting for two weeks in Santa Barbara, California.

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The Strange Case of Typhoid Mary

The infamous case of Typhoid Mary underscores the importance of tolerance in understanding disease.

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New Measurement Deepens Proton Puzzle

A discrepancy in the measured size of the “deuteron” increases the chance that something is amiss in our understanding of atoms.

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Air Traffic Control for Random Surfaces

Mathematicians have had a hard time finding commonalities in large groups of random shapes — until recently.

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Faster Evolution on a Warmer Earth

When life first emerged roughly 4 billion years ago, DNA may have been a much more malleable molecule.

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Hope That an Old Drug Might Treat Zika

Scientists are having a difficult time finding a treatment for the Zika virus in part because so few drugs are safe for pregnant women. But one antibiotic has shown promise.

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New Lizard Shows Evolution’s Predictability

A newly discovered anole on the island of Hispaniola confirms that the buildup of ecological communities can follow predictable patterns.