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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles from around the world, here are 10 of the coolest stories in science this week.

A new species of tardigrade (not shown here) was discovered in a parking lot in Japan.
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What was there before there was anything? Stephen Hawking might know the answer.
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Hawking's answer to the question "What was there before there was anything?" relies on a theory known as the "no-boundary proposal." [Read more about the beginning.]

Sudan, the last Northern White Rhino
Credit: Glyn Edmunds/REX/Shutterstock
The last male northern white rhinoceros is sick.
Sudan's problems started with an infection on his back right leg near the end of 2017, according to Ol Pejeta. His veterinary team treated him, and he was back to normal in January. [Read more about the endangered animal.]


In a state of matter known as a Rydberg polaron, an electron (the small blue dot) travels around the atom's nucleus (red) in a very orbital, enclosing many other atoms (green) in the process.
Credit: TU Wien
It's the turducken of the microscopic world: an atom crammed with other atoms, linked up with other atoms, to create an exotic new state of matter.
The researchers turned to Campbell Island because the place is so remote that if something shows up there, it's likely to show up everywhere. The single tree on the island, a sprawling Sitka spruce, is non-native. [Read more about the odd atom.]

This artist's rendering shows the hot, molten moon emerging from a synestia, a giant spinning doughnut of vaporized rock that formed when planet-size objects collided.
Credit: Sarah Stewart/UC Davis based on NASA rendering


At the edge of life and death is a spreading dark wave.
To gather their data, the researchers set up shop in hospitals in Berlin and Cincinnati. With consent from next of kin and other legal representatives, they reported results from nine patients who died with electrodes implanted in their brains, recording how their neurons behaved in their last minutes. [Read more about the death process.]


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New research by Joan Taylor suggests Jesus may have been an average height, with short black hair, brown eyes and olive-brown skin.
Credit: Reconstruction by Cathy Fisher
A quick Google search of "Jesus" will pull up an assortment of images showing a tall, white guy with long, blondish hair and a beard. But what did Jesus really look like? [
Physicists have insisted for a long time that black holes are impenetrable ciphers. Whatever goes in is lost, impossible to study or meaningfully understand. Some small amount of matter and energy might escape a black hole in the form of "Hawking radiation," but anything still inside the black hole is functionally disappeared from the physical universe. [Read more about the walls.]
Archaeologists have discovered a 2,300-year-old underground cemetery that holds burials of the mummified remains of priests who worshipped the god Thoth. One priest was found wearing an amulet that said "Happy New Year" in Egyptian hieroglyphics. [Read more about the cemetery.]
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Taken from: https://www.livescience.com/50718-weekend-reading.html

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