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Tiny scales in ancient lagoon may be the first fossil evidence of the moth-butterfly line

Newly described little scaly bits could push back the fossil record of the moth-and-butterfly branch on the tree of life by some 70 million years. That raises the question of…

DNA solves the mystery of how these mummies were related

A pair of ancient Egyptian mummies, known for more than a century as the Two Brothers, were actually half brothers, a new study of their DNA finds. These two, high-ranking…

Speed of universe’s expansion remains elusive

Unless you are a recent arrival from another universe, you’ve no doubt heard that this one is expanding. It’s getting bigger all the time. What’s more, its growth rate is…

Lakers vs. Warriors final score, results: Golden State forces Game 6 as Anthony Davis suffers head injury

Faced with a do-or-die situation in Game 5, the Warriors came up big. A 121-106 win at Chase Center kept Golden State's season alive as they successfully avoided elimination at…

Mysterious high-energy particles could come from black hole jets

It’s three for the price of one. A trio of mysterious high-energy particles could all have the same source: active black holes embedded in galaxy clusters, researchers suggest January 22…

Here’s the key ingredient that lets a centipede’s bite take down prey

Knocking out an animal 15 times your size — no problem. A newly identified toxin in the venom of a tropical centipede helps the arthropod to overpower giant prey in…

New technique could help spot snooping drones

Now there’s a way to tell if a drone is spying on someone. Researchers have devised a method to tell what a drone is recording — without having to decrypt…

Stars with too much lithium may have stolen it

Something is giving small, pristine stars extra lithium. A dozen newly discovered stars contain more of the element than astronomers can explain. Some of the newfound stars are earlier in…

Your phone is like a spy in your pocket

Consider everything your smartphone has done for you today. Counted your steps? Deposited a check? Transcribed notes? Navigated you somewhere new? Smartphones make for such versatile pocket assistants because they’re…

New device can transmit underwater sound to air

Don’t expect to play a game of Marco Polo by shouting from beneath the pool’s surface. No one will hear you because, normally, only about 0.1 percent of sound is…