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A man went to the doctor about a cough.  It turns out, he had a 6-inch mass in his chest.

A man went to the doctor about a cough. It turns out, he had a 6-inch mass in his chest.

An otherwise healthy man developed a worrisome cough that persisted for three weeks without any other symptoms. It turns out, the cough was triggered by a nearly 7-inch-long (17.2 centimeters) mass pushing against his right lung. According to a description of the case, published Oct. 30 in the Journal of Surgical Case Reports (opens in …

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Discovery of a novel quantum state analogous to water that won’t freeze

Discovery of a novel quantum state analogous to water that won’t freeze

Cryostat used to achieve temperatures down to 20 millikelvin. Credit: HZDR/Jürgen Jeibmann Water that simply will not freeze, no matter how cold it gets—a research group involving the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has discovered a quantum state that could be described in this way. Experts from the Institute of Solid State Physics at the University of …

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James Webb Telescope unveils a new view of the Pillars of Creation

James Webb Telescope unveils a new view of the Pillars of Creation

Almost 30 years ago the Pillars of Creation stunned the astronomy world when they were captured by NASA’s famed Hubble Space Telescope. Now a new generation can enjoy a fresh view of the haunting scene after the US space agency’s $10 billion (£7.4 billion) super space telescope James Webb imaged the same finger-like tendrils of …

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Study rules out initially clustered primordial black holes as dark matter candidates

Study rules out initially clustered primordial black holes as dark matter candidates

Pixabay. Primordial black holes (PBHs) are fascinating cosmic bodies that have been widely investigated by astrophysicists worldwide. As suggested by their name, these are black holes believed to have appeared in the universe’s early days, less than a second after the Big Bang. Physics theory suggests that within the fraction of a second before the …

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Astronomers Spot The Biggest Galaxy Ever, And The Scale Will Break Your Brain

Astronomers Spot The Biggest Galaxy Ever, And The Scale Will Break Your Brain

Earlier this year, astronomers found an absolute monster of a galaxy. Lurking some 3 billion light-years away, Alcyoneus is a giant radio galaxy reaching 5 megaparsecs into space. That’s 16.3 million light-years long, and it constitutes the largest known structure of galactic origin. The discovery highlights our poor understanding of these colossi, and what drives …

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Millions of ‘Silent Synapses’ Could Be The Key to Lifelong Learning

Millions of ‘Silent Synapses’ Could Be The Key to Lifelong Learning

Newborns need to store vast amounts of new information quickly as they learn to navigate the world. Silent synapses – the immature connections between neurons that have no neurotransmitter activity yet – are thought to be the hardware that allow this rapid information storage to occur early in life. First discovered decades ago in newborn …

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Rocket Report: SpaceX launch delayed indefinitely;  Virgin Orbit cancels funding round

Rocket Report: SpaceX launch delayed indefinitely; Virgin Orbit cancels funding round

Enlarge / The Terran 1 rocket is shown in Relativity Space’s hangar in Florida. Trevor Mahlmann Welcome to Edition 5.19 of the Rocket Report! Back from the Thanksgiving holiday, there is a lot of news to get to this week, including a report card on the SLS rocket’s performance (excellent) and some wild and woolly …

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A Proactive Way to Detect Cancer at Its Earliest Stages

A Proactive Way to Detect Cancer at Its Earliest Stages

In November 2016, German-American entrepreneur Cyriac Roeding read a profile of Sam Gambhir, a physician and scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine, in a magazine. In the article, Gambhir described how he had devoted his career to early cancer detection, only to lose his teenage son Milan to a highly aggressive brain tumor in …

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