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Rare ghostly particles produced inside the sun just detected under a mountain in Italy

For the first time ever, physicists have spotted rare, ghostly particles, called CNO solar neutrinos, produced by a weird kind of fusion inside the sun.

Lizards with multiple tails are more common than anyone knew

When some lizards lose a tail they grow back more than one, and multi-tailed lizards are more common than once thought.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in first published results

The results are the first trial data from the company to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

RIP, smooth handfish. You were weird, and now you’re extinct.

This extinct fish used its hand-like fins to «walk» on the ocean floor.

Foreign dynasty's rise to power in ancient Egypt was an inside job

Ancient Egypt was once ruled by a dynasty of foreigners known as the Hyksos, but new evidence shows that this takeover wasn't an invasion from a distant land.

CDC no longer in charge of the nation's COVID-19 data. Health experts are concerned.

COVID-19 data will now be sent directly to the Department of Health and Human Services.

US launches 4 secret spy satellites to orbit

A Northrop Grumman Minotaur IV rocket launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia today (July 15), carrying the NROL-129 mission to orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

COVID-19 vaccines are on the fast-track to approval. How will we know they're safe?

The first COVID-19 vaccine must pass rigorous human trials.

Woman's sore throat was really a worm living in her tonsil

A woman's sore throat turned out to have a rare — and horrifying — cause.

The moon is 85 million years younger than previously thought

It turns out the moon is a little younger than scientists previously thought — about 85 million years younger, to be precise.

Mummification: The lost art of embalming the dead

Mummification, or the process of preserving the dead, was once a widespread practice among many ancient societies.

Hairstylists with COVID-19 didn't infect any of their 139 clients. Face masks may be why.

More than 100 clients and six additional stylists could have been exposed to the virus.

14 Coronavirus myths busted by science

There's plenty of nonsense about the coronavirus online. Here are some of the biggest COVID-19 myths out there and the science to explain why they aren't true.

'Geyser' aurora and 'cosmic bat' nebula shortlisted for astronomy photo prize

An astrophotography competition run by London's Royal Observatory Greenwich, announces a shortlist of exceptional images for its 2020 contest.

Gorgeous images of Australian 'rainbow' bees will blow your mind

One of the top plant pollinators in the country, these colorful bees likely originated in tropical regions of Australia.

'Tiny bug slayer' relative of dinosaurs and pterosaurs would have fit in the palm of your hand

This tiny pipsqueak may explain why dinosaurs and pterosaurs sported feathers.

Antique vampire-slaying kit up for auction. Bible, crucifix and pistol included.

An antique wooden box trimmed with brass holds all the tools that you might require in order to slay a vampire.

What is herd immunity?

Scientists use herd immunity to describe the point at which a population is sufficiently immune to a disease to prevent its circulation.

What's the most amazing thing about the universe?

A few scant equations can explain a variety of phenomena in our universe, over vast gulfs of space and time. Here's a taste of just how powerful modern physics can be.

Lumpy flint figurines may be some of the earliest depictions of real people

Unusual flint artifacts discovered in Jordan from about 7500 B.C. may have portrayed individual people in burial rituals, and could explain why human images became widespread in the Neolithic Near East.

Live Science podcast 'Life's Little Mysteries' 40: Mysterious Archaeology

From buried cities to sunken ships, clues from the past reveal secrets about people and civilizations dating to many thousands of years ago.

The universe's clock might have bigger ticks than we imagine

The tiniest ticks possible

Does UV light kill the new coronavirus?

There are three main types of UV light, but only one can kill SARS-CoV-2.

Are UFOs a threat? We need to investigate, says former head of secret US program

Ex-military investigators seek answers about where UFOs come from and what their intentions might be, in a History Channel documentary series.

What makes hair curly?

What's the magic ingredient in hair curly?

Cases of broken heart syndrome increase amid pandemic stress

A small new study suggests the stress of the pandemic may be playing a toll on the heart.

Heartburn medication tied to higher COVID-19 risk — but don’t panic

Risks linked to the common drug must still be confirmed.

Deadly 'unknown pneumonia' outbreak in Kazakhstan is probably undiagnosed COVID-19

It's very likely that these mystery cases of pneumonia are in fact COVID-19.

A new coronavirus mutation is taking over the world. Here's what that means.

A SARS-CoV-2 variant has taken over the world, but it's not clear whether the coronavirus mutation is highly transmissible or just lucky.

This parrot beat 21 Harvard students in a classic memory game

An African grey parrot beat 21 Harvard undergrads at a classic memory game, suggesting deep roots of animal intelligence.

Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison: Who was the better inventor?

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison battled it out in the «War of Currents,» but each inventor left a significant scientific legacy.

Live Science podcast 'Life's Little Mysteries' special report: Coronavirus (July 9)

In this special episode of Life's Little Mysteries, we'll give you the latest news and answer frequently asked questions about the new coronavirus and COVID-19.

Coronavirus hijacks cells, forces them to grow tentacles, then invades others

Cells infected with the new coronavirus grow stringy, tentacle-like arms that act like bridges, allowing the virus to invade other cells.

Satellite sees 'Godzilla' dust plume sweep across the Atlantic Ocean

Each year, dust from the Sahara Desert blows off Africa and across the Atlantic, but most years that plume isn't so massive it's nicknamed «Godzilla.»

Penguins shoot 'poop bombs' more than 4 feet, incredibly important study finds

How much force must a penguin apply in order to blast a flying poop projectile, and how far can it travel? Fortunately for us all, scientists now have answers.

The solar system: Facts about our cosmic neighborhood

Take a journey through our solar system.

Astronomers discover South Pole Wall, a gigantic structure stretching 1.4 billion light years across

Strands in the intergalactic web

WHO releases new COVID-19 guidance on airborne transmission, but it doesn't change much

WHO still maintains that COVID-19 is largely spread through larger droplets from coughs and sneezes.

Polynesians and Native Americans paired up 800 years ago, DNA reveals

A DNA analysis of 807 Polynesians and Native Americans suggests that their ancestors were bedfellows long ago.
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