“A vampire einstein tile outdoes mathematicians’ latest feat.”

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  1. A shape called a spectre covers an infinite plane with some of them a light green connected to a dark green scattered amongst white spectres.

    A ‘vampire einstein’ tile outdoes mathematicians’ latest feat

    A newfound shape covers an infinite plane with a pattern that doesn’t repeat and without mirror images of the shape.

  2. illustration of a black hole

    Weird black holes may hold secrets of the early universe

    Big black holes in little galaxies, rogue black holes and other behemoths could offer clues to cosmic evolution.

  3. Two scuba divers investigating a coral reef

    Coral reefs host millions of bacteria, revealing Earth’s hidden biodiversity

    A new estimate of microbial life living in Pacific reefs is similar to global counts, suggesting many more microbes call Earth home than thought.

  4. An overhead photo of the nuclear physics facility ISOLDE at CERN.

    Measurements of a key radioactive decay nudge a nuclear clock closer to reality

    In a step toward building a nuclear clock, scientists measured light emitted when a special type of thorium nucleus decayed.

  5. A close up photo of a forager Cataglyphis fortis ant standing on a brown sandy surface.

    These ants build tall nest hills to help show the way home

    Desert ants living in the harsh, flat salt pans of Tunisia create towering anthills to aid with navigating the near-featureless terrain.

  6. A close up photo of a tiny brown mouse poking the top half of its body out of a hole in a tree.

    How a new Lyme vaccine for mice may protect people

    A vaccine, distributed as pellets, can neutralize Lyme-causing bacteria in wildlife. Scientists hope it will reduce Lyme exposure for people and pets.

  7. illustration of red and green squiggle lines passing through several grids

    Quantum computers braided ‘anyons,’ long-sought quasiparticles with memory

    Particle-like quantum states called non-abelian anyons remember being swapped and could be useful for protecting information in quantum computers.

  8. A photo of Quinton Smith looking at the camera and smiling.

    With tools from Silicon Valley, Quinton Smith builds lab-made organs

    Tissues made with 3-D printing and other techniques could offer insights into diseases such as fatty liver disease and preeclampsia.

  9. Charting a course for the future of Science News

    Editor in chief Nancy Shute reflects on the history and future of Science News.

  10. A Cooper's black orchid growing in a forest

    A hunt for fungi might bring this orchid back from the brink

    Identifying the fungi that feeds the Cooper’s black orchid in the lab may allow researchers to bank seeds and possibly regrow the species in the wild.

  11. Readers ask about AI ethics, monkey tool use and more

  12. A satellite image of Hurricane Ian with its eye just west of Florida

    Why the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season is especially hard to predict

    It’s hard to know how busy this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will be, thanks to a rarely observed combination of ocean and climate conditions.



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