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Vesuvius victims baked slowly as they died -- Mindy Weisberger -- Hundreds of people in ancient Herculaneum died when Mount Vesuvius erupted. And their deaths weren't instantaneous, new evidence reveals.

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Why this 15th-century 'Jesus-lamb' painting is creeping people out -- Brandon Specktor -- A famous 15th-century altarpiece has been restored in Belgium, and people are freaked out by the artist's original image of a human-faced Jesus sheep.

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Google just created the most detailed image of a brain yet -- Yasemin Saplakoglu -- The map contains thousands of brain cells and millions of connections found inside the brain of a fruit fly.

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Self-destructing dark matter may be flooding the sky with gamma-rays, study suggests -- Brandon Specktor -- There's a faint gamma-ray background in the universe, and scientists now think it could be caused by dark matter.

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Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption turned a man's brain to 'glass' -- Nicoletta Lanese -- A man who died in Herculaneum during the historic Vesuvius eruption was found with an exploded skull and glass-like brain tissue.

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New coronavirus may have 'jumped' to humans from snakes, study finds -- Rachael Rettner -- The study concluded that snakes are "the most probable wildlife animal reservoir" for the new coronavirus.

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'Ghost' population of humans discovered in ancient Africa -- Laura Geggel -- The ancient DNA from four children who lived thousands of years ago is rewriting what geneticists thought happened in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Ancient never-before-seen viruses discovered locked up in Tibetan glacier

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Ancient Assyrian rock carvings in Iraq show procession of gods riding mythical animals

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Were Alien Secrets Hidden in Roswell and Area 51? 'Project Blue Book' UFO Hunters Investigate.

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Out of Deep-Sea Mud, a Strange Blob May Hold Secrets to the Origins of Complex Life

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A Hot Blob in the Pacific Ocean Caused 1 Million Seabirds to Die

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The Major Discoveries That Could Transform the World in the Next Decade - Here's what scientists are really excited about.

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Earth's oldest known meteor crash site found in Australian Outback - By - Brandon Specktor - The world's oldest known impact crater has been in Western Australia for more than 2.2 billion years, a new study suggests.

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An asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, a volcano helped life flourish. By - Chelsea Gohd

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To find intelligent alien life, humans may need to start thinking like an extraterrestrial -- Adam Mann -- Anthropologist reveals a potentially big flaw in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

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Only one lab in China can safely handle the new coronavirus -- Nicoletta Lanese -- As an escalating viral outbreak unfolds in China, only one lab in the country meets the required biosafety standards needed to study the new disease.

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Are Birds Dinosaurs? -- Mindy Weisberger -- Modern birds can trace their origins to theropods, a branch of mostly meat-eaters on the dinosaur family tree.

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Spider Architect's Intricate 'Silkhenge' Revealed in Stunning Video -- Mindy Weisberger -- High-resolution video of tiny, bizarre silk structures found across the Amazon known as a silkhenge show the mysterious spider construction as never before.

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New Bone-Eating Life Form Discovered in Bizarre Alligator-Corpse Study -- Brandon Specktor -- Scientists sank three alligator corpses into the Gulf of Mexico to see whether bottom-dwelling sea creatures could eat them. They did - handily.

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Massive Trove of Artifacts Shipped to Ripley's Believe It or Not! -- Owen Jarus -- A massive trove of "artifacts" has been shipped from Sri Lanka, a country recovering from a civil war, to Ripley's Believe It or Not! - a company known for its unusual objects.

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Could Invisible Aliens Really Exist Among Us? -- Samantha Rolfe -- An astrobiologist explains how alien life could exist and we wouldn't notice it.

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Do Dreams Really Reveal Our Deepest Secrets? -- Isobel Whitcomb -- They're not a cache of Easter eggs.

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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week -- Live Science Staff -- Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.

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Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week -- Jeanna Bryner -- Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.

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World's First 'Living Machine' Created Using Frog Cells and Artificial Intelligence -- Mindy Weisberger -- Scientists used computer algorithms to "evolve" an organism that's made of 100% frog DNA - but it isn't a frog.

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Love It or Hate It, Tesla Cybertruck Is Revolutionary -- Michael D. Mehta -- The so-called Cybertruck is an angular, stainless steel, all-electric pickup truck that quickly became polarizing. Here's why it's revolutionary.

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Quantum Supremacy Is Unlikely, Scientist Says -- Subhash Kak -- Google claims quantum supremacy - IBM says not so fast. One researcher explains why he doesn't see quantum computers outpacing classical computers any time soon ... and maybe not ever.

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