The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet, named Proxima b, orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the solar system, as seen in this artist’s impression.
Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser

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

Finding alien life: The discovery of a potentially Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of our closest star, Proxima Centauri, raises one of the greatest mysteries of science: Is there life beyond our world — and if so, could the Proxima system be a place to find it?

[Full Story: What If Scientists Found Life on Closest Alien Planet Proxima b?]

Etruscan tablet found: An extraordinary discovery at a northern Italy site may reveal customs of a lost civilization.

[Full Story: Goddess Name Inscribed in Lost Language on Ancient Tablet]

Deaths from this painkiller on the rise: Overdose deaths from the opioid painkiller fentanyl — the same drug that killed the musician Prince — have increased sharply in a number of U.S. states.

[Full Story: Deaths from Fentanyl, Drug That Killed Prince, Rise Sharply]

Coffee gene found: If one cup of coffee keeps you perked up all day, you may be able to thank your genes for that long-lasting caffeine kick, a new study finds.

[Full Story: How Long Will Your Caffeine Buzz Last? Genes May Tell]

The reality of parallel worlds: The strange parallel universe on the show "Stranger Things" has some similarities to concepts physicists have proposed in the past.

[Full Story: 'Stranger Things': How Realistic Are Parallel Worlds?]

Why Tesla Model S is so fast The Tesla Model S can thank its new supercharged battery for its superspeed, car experts said.

[Full Story: Why Tesla's Model S Is So Incredibly Fast ]

Closest alien plane: Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized alien world around the star Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.2 light-years from our own solar system.

[Full Story: Found! Potentially Earth-Like Planet at Proxima Centauri Is Closest Ever]

What month has the most divorces? Two months of the year see higher divorce rates than the rest.

[Full Story: It's Splitsville: Divorce May Be Seasonal, Study Finds]

Clone of Voynich Manuscript: Exact copies of the famously unreadable Voynich manuscript will be published in Spain.

[Full Story: Hoax or Secret Code? Copies of Unreadable Manuscript to Be Published]

Moist probes: Here's why some words make people so uncomfortable.

[Full Story: Moist. Probe. Crevice: Why Do We Hate Certain Words?]

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