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 recent study of creatures living in some of the deepest places in the ocean revealed disturbingly high levels of pollutants.
Scientists captured and tested crustaceans from the Mariana Trench, comparing them with crabs from the Liaohe River, one of the most polluted in China. Tests found incredibly high amounts of pollution in the deep-sea animals. [Read more about pollution in the Mariana Trench.]
Fatal overdoses from cocaine use in the U.S. are on the rise. A recent study revealed an increase in the number of deaths due to a combination of cocaine and opioids. [Read more about the drug connection.]
AC Without Energy?
A simple-to-produce material could one day cool buildings without power. The futuristic supermaterial cools using radiative cooling, just like Earth. [Read more about the futuristic wrap.]
Walk on the Wild Side
Studying how animals move can be tricky. Scientists have devised a unique way to study them — by having them run and walk on treadmills. [Read more about exercising ants.]
Let the Hidden Be Revealed
Archaeologists studying the tomb of Tutankhamun say it may hide a secret chamber with Queen Nefertiti's tomb. So far, scans of the tomb have not revealed any such secrets. [Read more about the secrets of King Tut's Tomb.]
Prepare for Battle, Cancer
In the future, troops of microscopic robots may help fight cancer. Scientists have created magnetically controlled swarms of magnetic devices to perform specialized tasks. [Read more about the robot army.]
Dueling to the death?
In South Australia, a battle to the death ensued and was captured on video. A red-bellied snake took on a brown snake and one of them paid the price. [Read more about the dueling snakes.]
Baby Sea Monsters
Researchers discovered that the ancient marine reptile known as Dinocephalosaurus gave birth to live young rather than laying eggs. [Read more about the ancient "Nessie".]
Ancient Pottery and the Geomagnetic Fields
Pottery jugs from over 2,500 years ago have secrets of Earth's geomagnetic field. The act of heating to create the jugs locked data about the field into the pieces and experts have unlocked some of those secrets. [Read more about the secrets of the geomagnetic field.]
Ruling the World
While sponges may be simple creatures, after a mass extinction some 445 million years ago, they all but ruled the world. The Ordovician mass extinction killed off around 85 percent of all species on Earth at the time. [Read more about the sponges.]