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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles from around the world, here are some of the coolest stories in science this week.

A New Piece to the Puzzle

A dark nebula is a type of interstellar cloud that is so dense that it obscures the light from background stars.

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A brand-new particle has possibly emerged and is altering the future destiny of our entire cosmos, a physicist says.  [Read more about the find.]

Ancient DNA

The San people of southern Africa carry one of the oldest maternal DNA lineages on Earth. Now, researchers think they know the precise place our earliest maternal ancestor called home.

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Using genetic data from 1,200 modern indigenous Africans, researchers believe they’ve pinpointed the location of the first permanent human settlement, which thrived 200,000 years ago. [Read more about the link.]

Deadly Procedure

An infection with a drug-resistant strain of E. coli proved fatal for a man who received a fecal transplant.

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The patient developed a fatal infection from antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria. [Read more about the incident.]

Expensive Trash

The 10-inch-tall panel portrait "The Mocking of Christ" shows Jesus surrounded by a horde of unhappy men.

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A 13th-century painting that hung over an elderly French woman's hot plate for years has sold at auction for $26.8 million. [Read more about the treasure.]

Mini Black Holes?

Researchers discovered a low-mass black hole orbiting a rapidly rotating star 10,000 light years away.

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"It's always interesting to try to find things that can't be seen." [Read more about the discovery.]

The Birth of Evil

The devil and other forces of evil may have originated in the human imagination as spiritual explanations for contagious illness.

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Spiritual belief in evil may stem from people's attempts to explain and avoid infectious diseases. [Read more about the beginning.]

Secret Mission Record

A U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane, an unpiloted miniature space shuttle, is seen after landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility on Oct. 27, 2019 to end its record 780-day OTV-5 mission. 

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The U.S. Air Force's unpiloted X-37B space plane landed back on Earth Sunday (Oct. 27) after a record 780 days in orbit , racking up the fifth ultra-long mission for the military's mini-shuttle fleet. [Read more about the return.]

Tough Break

This sequence of images shows the burrowing heat probe on NASA’s InSight Mars lander popping back out of the hole it had dug on the Red Planet.

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The mole's up-and-down Mars saga has taken yet another turn. [Read more about the problem.]

Secret Medical History

Researchers think the bones were buried in the 1850s, to avoid the penalties of a law restricting the grisly practice of "anatomising" – which culminated in 16 murders by William Burke and William Hare to sell the corpses for anatomical lectures.

Researchers think the bones were buried in the 1850s, to avoid the penalties of a law restricting the grisly practice of "anatomising" – which culminated in 16 murders by William Burke and William Hare to sell the corpses for anatomical lectures.

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A grisly find of human bones behind a house in the Scottish city of Aberdeen is now thought to point to a dark chapter in history — the illicit use of dead bodies for anatomical practice in the 19th century.  [Read more about the bones.]

Inconsistent Results

An abstract illustration of a euphoric state.

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Mounting research suggests that the average person doesn't actually reach a euphoric state after taking opioids. [Read more about the research.]

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