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  1. Health & Medicine

    Teen arm wrestlers face risk of an unusual elbow break

    The pointy part of the inner elbow can break in arm wrestling, especially among teens whose bones are still growing.

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  2. Microbes

    This giant bacterium lives up to its name

    The newly discovered Thiomargarita magnifica is about the size of your eyelash and is surprisingly complex.

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  3. Science & Society

    Let’s learn about music

    Researchers are delving into how instruments and spaces shape our experience of music, and how computers could play a role in the future of music-making.

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  4. Physics

    Scientists Say: Proton

    These positively charged particles are important building blocks in atoms.

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  5. Tech

    Like an octopus, this glove lets fingers grip slippery objects

    The octopus-inspired suckers on each fingertip grab and release objects on demand.

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  6. Animals

    Why these jumping toadlets get confused mid-flight

    The tiny pumpkin toadlet tumbles when it jumps. Its ear canals may be too tiny to help the animal track its motion through the air.

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  7. Plants

    Catnip’s insect-repelling powers grow as Puss chews on it

    Damaging the leaves boosts the plant’s chemical defenses — and their appeal to cats.

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  8. Physics

    Scientists used lasers to make ‘smoke rings’ of light

    Physicists had a bright idea: Make light into swirling, ring-shaped vortices, similar to smoke rings or bubble rings.

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  9. Animals

    Sleepy mosquitoes prefer dozing over dining

    Mosquitoes repeatedly shaken to prevent slumber lagged behind well-rested ones when offered a leg to feed on.

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  10. Planets

    Scientists Say: Habitable Zone

    The habitable zone is the region around a star where temperatures could be right for worlds to host liquid water.

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  11. Tech

    You might someday ‘wallpaper’ your bedroom with this loudspeaker

    This thin, flexible and lightweight loudspeaker could reduce noise in loud spaces. It also might enable listeners to experience sound in new ways.

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  12. Physics

    When dominoes fall, how fast the row topples depends on friction

    Two types of friction help determine how quickly a line of dominoes collapses, computer modeling shows.

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