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A satellite view of an ice ring on Lake Baikal. Is it the one true ring to rule them all?

What’s causing mysterious ‘ice rings’ to form in the world’s deepest lake?

Eddies under the ice appear to be causing these mysterious rings on Lake Baikal.

Punxsutawney Phil is held by the handler as the prediction for six more weeks of winter is read during Groundhog day ceremonies on February 2, 2018 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Punxsutawney Phil Says ‘Early Spring.’ Here’s What Actual Weather Forecasters Say.

The acclaimed and furry weather prognosticator failed to see his shadow. Is spring really around the corner?



An artist's illustration shows two red dwarf stars warping space-time with their gravitational pull, distorting the view of a star much farther away.

Two invisible stars are bending space-time deep in the Milky Way

Astronomers uncovered a pair of invisible stars creating ripples in space-time, a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing.

Gravitational waves

Photons could reveal ‘massive gravity,’ new theory suggests

This is a radical new design compared to the world’s most sensitive gravitational wave detectors.



Students are taken to a special army facility as a precaution against the possible coronavirus infection on their return from China, at Indira Gandhi International Airport, on Feb. 1, 2020 in New Delhi, India. The passengers were evacuated from Wuhan and will be kept in isolation for 14 days in Chhawla in Delhi.

Stopping the spread of coronavirus: Quarantines go back thousands of years

The recent global spread of a deadly coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, has led world leaders to invoke an ancient tradition to control the spread of illness: quarantine.

A satellite view of Aylesbury-Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England shows the site where the skeletons were found, at a farm near a graveyard (top center).

Mystery deepens over 42 oddly buried skeletons found on UK farm

Skeletal remains of 42 people were recently unearthed at a farm in December 2019, but the construction company that found the bodies has yet to release a report.



airport screening of travelers for coronavirus

Will airport screenings be enough to stop coronavirus in the US?

Probably not, but they may slow down the new virus.

Stock photo of a woman's mouth.

Woman grows ‘eyelash-like’ hairs in her mouth

A woman in Italy had an extremely rare condition in which she grew eyelash-like hairs in her mouth.

Concept image and MRI of a brain malfunction, like a stroke.

Electrical ‘storms’ and ‘flash floods’ drown the brain after a stroke

Strokes cause brain cells to short-circuit and trigger a dangerous flood of fluid in the tissue.




How Accurate Are Punxsutawney Phil’s Groundhog Day Forecasts?

Recently discovered dinosaur and small animal footprints date back 183 million years to periods of quite in between fiery, lava eruptions.

Dinosaur ‘Firewalkers’ left behind giant footprints in a ‘land of fire’

Scientists recently discovered 183 million-year-old dinosaur footprints on a South African farm.

The newfound Araniella villanii is an orb-weaver spider, a group that uses math to spin their webs.

Newly discovered neon-green spider named after the ‘Lady Gaga of mathematics’

Given their coloring, the members of this spider’s family are known as green cucumber spiders.



3D-printed titanium limbs helped a frostbitten feline get back on her feet.

Cat with 4 frostbitten paws gets new feet made of titanium

Dymka the cat suffered severe frostbite in all four paws, but after they were amputated she received new titanium limbs.

A cold-stunned iguana lies belly-up in Key Biscayne, Florida, during an unusual cold snap in 2008.

Florida weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of falling iguanas

Low temperatures in Florida prompted an unusual warning from the National Weather Service.

The restored lamb gazes into your soul.

Why this 15th-century ‘Jesus-lamb’ painting is creeping people out

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.



Artist’s illustration of Lense-Thirring frame-dragging resulting from a rotating white dwarf in the PSR J1141-6545 binary star system.

The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

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.

Scientists on the Global Reef Expedition conducted extensive research on the health and resiliency of coral reefs in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

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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Some rare single malt whiskeys dating to decades ago are worth thousands of dollars — or are they?

Nuclear fallout exposes fake ‘antique’ whisky

Fallout from nuclear bomb tests could help experts detect fraudulent whiskeys that are purportedly more than a century old.

A manufactured quadruped measuring 650 to 750 microns in diameter — just a little smaller than the head of a pin — was built from amphibian stem cells.

World’s First ‘Living Machine’ Created Using Frog Cells and Artificial Intelligence

Scientists used computer algorithms to “evolve” an organism that’s made of 100% frog DNA — but it isn’t a frog.

The Tesla Cybertruck was rolled out in November.

Love It or Hate It, Tesla Cybertruck Is Revolutionary

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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