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These are Science News ’ favorite books of 2023

Books about deadly fungi, the science of preventing roadkill, trips to other planets and the true nature of math grabbed our attention this year.

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A telescope dropped dark matter data from the edge of space. Here’s why

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Electrical brain implants may help patients with severe brain injuries

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Ancient Maya power brokers lived in neighborhoods, not just palaces

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Giant polygon rock patterns may be buried deep below Mars’ surface

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A mysterious ancient grave with a sword and mirror belonged to a woman

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How one device could help transform our power grid

As coal-fired power plants are retired, grid-forming inverters may be key to a future that relies on solar and wind power.

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How kenya is helping its neighbors develop geothermal energy, from the archives.

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Tiny accelerators get electrons up to speed using lasers, pumping cold water into rivers could act as ‘air conditioning’ for fish.

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How ghostly neutrinos could explain the universe’s matter mystery.

If neutrinos behave differently from their antimatter counterparts, it could help explain why our cosmos is full of stuff.

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Veterinarians and researchers are investigating mysterious clusters of severe respiratory disease in dogs

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The company announces its latest huge chip—but will now focus on developing smaller chips with a fresh approach to “error correction”

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A giant iceberg called A23a, which broke off from Antarctica in 1986, is finally moving away from the icy continent after being stuck on the seafloor for decades

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Polar Bear Dens Are Hard for Humans to See, but Drone-Mounted Radar Can Help

As humans encroach on polar bear habitats, new tools such as drone-mounted radar can prevent us from disrupting the hidden dens where bears give birth

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Fewer kids got their routine childhood vaccines since before the pandemic. Are lack of access and a loss of trust in science to blame?

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Breach of key global warming threshold 'inevitable' as carbon emissions hit record high.

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At the current emissions level, there is a 50% chance that global warming will exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius consistently in about seven years, new research suggests.

Strange yellow glass found in Libyan desert may have formed from lost meteor impact

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A strange type of glass that was discovered in 1933 in the Libyan desert may come from a meteorite, an analysis shows, but impact crater is still missing.

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Located about 2.5 million light-years from our solar system, Andromeda is the most distant object visible to the naked eye.


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1,400-year-old structure discovered near Sutton Hoo in England may have been a pagan temple or cult house

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The site is part of a royal compound that archaeologists think may have been overseen by King Raedwald.

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Among people on HIV meds, young children are the likeliest to die, often due to late diagnosis or treatment interruptions.

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Researchers have discovered the first evidence that male tardigrades can find females by scent.

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Ocean pout live in frigid waters from Labrador in Canada to North Carolina and have evolved a blood protein that serves as antifreeze.

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'yeti hair' found in himalayas is actually from a horse, bbc series reveals.

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DNA from a supposed Abominable Snowman actually came from a horse, but that doesn't mean stories of the Yeti passed on by local people aren't important.

Haunting 'mermaid' mummy from Japan is a gruesome monkey-fish hybrid with 'dragon claws,' new scans reveal

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Scientists have scanned the mummified remains of a supposed "mermaid" from Japan. The initial results suggest it is a horrifying mix of fish, monkey and lizard parts.

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Electricity flows like water in 'strange metals,' and physicists don't know why.

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A weird phenomenon in which electricity flows like water was spotted in a nanowire made of "strange metal" — a bizarre metal phase that has stumped physicists for 40 years.

Large Hadron Collider could be generating dark matter in its particle jets

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If dark matter is made from "dark" versions of the basic building blocks of ordinary matter, the world's largest particle accelerator should be able to pin it down, a new study suggests.

'Vampire' stars that bleed their companions dry may have a hidden accomplice, new study reveals

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Scientists suspect that type-Be 'vampire' stars grow by preying on their smaller companions. New research suggests there may be an important third player in these systems.

Why does ice float?

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Why does ice float in water, instead of sinking to the bottom? It has to do with water's density and molecular structure.

Building blocks of life may have formed on dust in the cold vacuum of space

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Far from any galaxy, icy grains of dust in deep space may be able to form organic molecules, a new preprint study finds.

Scientists get rare glimpse of 'nesting doll' isotope nitrogen-9

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With five more protons than should be stable, the newly discovered nitrogen-9 isotope sits right on the borderline of physical possibility.

Scientists uncover the secret to building Star Wars-style laser weapons — but don't worry, we won't have a Death Star anytime soon

By Keumars Afifi-Sabet published 2 December 23

Today's infrared lasers are only powerful enough to disable aerial targets, but scientists now have the keys to building high-powered laser weaponry that can 'melt' distant targets.

This AI model can tell if you're at high risk of lung cancer by analyzing a single X-ray scan

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An AI model found that 28% of non-smokers are at high risk of developing lung cancer, with 2.9% of high-risk individuals developing the disease within six years.

Chinese scientists build robo-chemist that can extract oxygen from water on Mars

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The robot was tested in a simulated Martian environment, and can one day be used to aid humanity's survival on the Red Planet.

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Will AI render programming obsolete?

It's exhilarating to think that, with the help of generative AI, anyone who can write can also write programs. It’s not so simple.

The first Tesla Cybertrucks have arrived

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An investigation by The Markup found Meta’s pixel tracking students from kindergarten to college.

Meet ‘anthrobots,’ tiny bio-machines built from human tracheal cells

The researchers behind the frog embryo ‘xenobots’ are now focusing on similar automatons made from human material—with unexpected results.

Geothermal energy now helps power Google’s desert data centers

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Ketamine and esketamine are the only psychedelics currently being used clinically with eating disorder patients.

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The drugs have been shown to reduce depression and anxiety symptoms and make individuals more flexible in their thinking

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This well-preserved track from Australia clearly shows the four toes of an ancient bird.

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An Indian cobra found in the farmlands of Kanchipuram, India. The country has the highest rate of snakebite deaths in the world.

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Castoreum, an edible, sweet-smelling substance, is found in the castor sacs of beavers.

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Experts recommend that dog owners make sure their pets are up to date on their vaccines and reducing their contact with large numbers of other dogs. 

Hundreds of Dogs Across the U.S. Are Falling Ill With Unknown Respiratory Illness

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Half a century on, Kohoutek may be due a little more respect. Though it disappointed the media and the public, it proved to be a bonanza for serious scientists.

The 'Comet of the Century' Failed to Impress, but It Wasn't Such a Disaster After All

Highly anticipated before its arrival in late 1973, Kohoutek became an interplanetary punchline. But astronomers may have gotten the last laugh

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These 15 Photos Capture the Beauty of the Northern Lights

Spiking solar activity could mean more chances to see the awesome aurora borealis

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Chinstrap penguins incubate eggs.

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The amazing microsleep strategy may be an adaptation to group living and lurking predators in a harsh Antarctic environment

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In 2023, wildfires ravaged communities in Canada, Hawaii and elsewhere across the globe.

Why Wildfires Are Burning Hotter and Longer

As conflagrations become more difficult to contain, a citizen movement to try to manage them through “prescribed burns” is growing

Atlantic bluefin tuna circle a holding pen near Malta. The Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico were long thought to be the only locales where the massively valuable fish spawns.

Bluefin Tuna Get Busy Off North Carolina

The extremely valuable fish likely spawn in a patch of the Atlantic Ocean called the Slope Sea

November 29, 2023

Svalbard reindeer graze during an early snowfall. If temperatures rise again, food may be trapped under ice during a critical time for packing on winter pounds.

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Stark-Star grapes—native to North America, and considered a “champion cultivar” by Jerry Eisterhold, founder of TerraVox Winery.

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