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How a crowd turns bad news into contagious panic

News stories about terrorism, disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and other potential threats become increasingly negative and inaccurate when they pass from …

ALMA Discovers Trio of Infant Planets around Newborn Star

Two independent teams of astronomers have used ALMA to uncover convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around the infant star HD 163296. …

How much does our galaxy weigh?

A new technique for estimating the mass of the Milky Way galaxy promises more reliable results, especially when it’s applied to large datasets generated by …

These meat and fish choices hurt the environment most

Which food type is more environmentally costly to produce—livestock, farmed seafood, or wild-caught fish? The answer is that it depends, according to a new …

Masses of methane from mud volcanoes

n the seabed, there are numerous microorganisms that play an important role in the global carbon cycle. Up to now, however, it has not been understood to what …

Gulf of Mexico’s 2018 ‘dead zone’ could be size of Connecticut

A new forecast says this summer’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”—an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life—will be …

Just how gross are airplane cabins really?

The bacterial communities accompanying airline passengers at 30,000 feet have a lot in common with the bacterial communities surrounding people in their homes …

A Crowded Neighbourhood

Glowing brightly about 160 000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our …

A weird thing happened to men about 7,000 years ago

Starting about 7,000 years ago, and extending over the next two millennia, recent studies suggest, the genetic diversity of men—specifically, the diversity …

Pterodactyls didn’t actually fly splay-legged like bats

Scientists have thought that pterodactyls and other extinct flying reptiles flew like bats, with their hind limbs splayed wide apart. A new study shows they …