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These are our top space images of all time

We’ve never seen images of space as astounding as those from the James Webb Space Telescope, which shared its first cosmic vistas in July. The pictures have left us dazzled, awestruck and excited for more. They also inspired us to…

Rats can bop their heads to the beat

Humans aren’t the only animals known to move to a musical beat. For instance, parrots do it, too. And now rats have been observed bopping their heads in time with the music of Mozart, Lady Gaga, Queen and others, researchers…

How physics can improve the urinal

Restroom visitors can expect cleaner knees and tidier floors, if they happen to use a new urinal inspired by curves in nature. The key to making a splashless urinal is ensuring that a person’s pee stream hits the porcelain at a…

Readers ask about photon rings and more

Rings and rainbows A team of scientists claim they’ve uncovered a thin ring of light called a photon ring around the first black hole to have its picture taken, the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87. But skeptics…

Got a weird COVID-19 symptom? You’re not alone

As we head into our third pandemic winter, most people are all too familiar with the signs of COVID-19. The disease wears many different faces and can show up as chills, cough, difficulty breathing or other troublesome jumbles of…