The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

By Live Science Staff 4 days ago

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.

Ghost People

The rock shelter at Shum Laka in Cameroon. Surprisingly, the ancient people who lived at this rock shelter are not related to the people in the region today.  (Image credit: Photo by Pierre de Maret, January 1994)

The ancient DNA from four children who lived thousands of years ago is rewriting what geneticists thought happened in sub-Saharan Africa. [Read more about the mystery.]

Proving the Experts Wrong

Scientists tested Galileo and Einstein’s theories by dropping two objects inside this satellite named MICROSCOPE (artist’s impression). (Image credit: CNES)

Physicists dropped objects on a satellite for two years to test Galileo’s theory of falling objects. [Read more about the effort.]

History Speaks

The mummified body of the ancient Egyptian priest Nesyamun underwent medical scans in 2018 so that a copy of its vocal tract could be made. (Image credit: Leeds Teaching Hospitals/Leeds Museums and Galleries)

The voice of an ancient Egyptian priest has been heard for the first time in more than 3,000 years, thanks to a detailed reconstruction of his vocal tract from his mummified remains. [Read more about the sounds.]

The End Nears

Tick, tick, tick. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

A hypothetical timepiece called the Doomsday Clock measures our nearness to Armageddon — by nuclear weapons, climate change and other global threats.  [Read more about the prediction.]

Extreme Effects

Fragment of glassy black material extracted from the cranial cavity of a victim of the volcanic eruption at Herculaneum in the year 79.  (Image credit: The New England Journal of Medicine 2019 )

A man who died in Herculaneum during the historic Vesuvius eruption was found with an exploded skull and glass-like brain tissue.  [Read more about the discovery.]

Oldest Impact Site

Researchers drew the estimated shape of the vanished Yarrabubba impact crater over this Google Earth image of Western Australia. The structure may be part of the oldest known impact crater on Earth. (Image credit: Google Earth/ The Conversation)

The ancient impact site is more than 2.2 billion years old — some 200 million years older than any other site like it on Earth. [Read more about the meteor.]

Thawing-out Dangers

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

A new technique for studying ancient microbes in glaciers has led to the discovery of previously unknown viruses. [Read more about germs.]

Evolution Evolves

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Scientists have discovered a form of natural selection that doesn’t rely on DNA. [Read more about the find.]

The Origins of Life?

High-energy particle collisions, neutrinos.

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Scientists are searching for a ghostly neutrino particle that acts as its own antiparticle. If they find it, the discovery could resolve a cosmic conundrum: Why does matter exist at all? [Read more about the particle.]

Kissin’ Cousins?

A cassowary glares at the camera.

In some birds, like this cassowary, the resemblance to extinct theropod dinosaurs is easy to see. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Modern birds can trace their origins to theropods, a branch of mostly meat-eaters on the dinosaur family tree. [Read more about the connection.]

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