This is what quantum entanglement looks like – The first images of spooky action at a distance.

Source: Paul-Antoine Moreau, et al. Imaging Bell-type nonlocal behavior. Science Advances, 2019.

Rigged card game ‘Swap’ sheds light on perceptions of inequality – A few years ago, Cornell doctoral students Mario Molina and Mauricio Bucca, Ph.D. ’18, were playing President, a card game, when they noticed winners

Source: Mario D. Molina, Mauricio Bucca, Michael W. Macy. It’s not just how the game is played, it’s whether you win or lose. Science Advances, 2019.

C. elegans Healthier Without Longevity Gene – Worms with the reproduction-related TCER-1 gene deleted could fight off infection for longer and survived better when exposed to heat and radiation.

Source: Francis R. G. Amrit, et al. The longevity-promoting factor, TCER-1, widely represses stress resistance and innate immunity. Nature Communications, 2019.

Large Moons around Extrasolar Gas Giants Could Become ‘Ploonets’ – Ploonets -- large regular moons ejected from orbits around close-in gas giant exoplanets -- could explain many baffling astronomical observations, such as the puzzling behavior of a star called KIC 8462852 (also known as Tabby’s star), the anomalous features of the Kronos-Krios binary stellar system, and the hypothetical exocometary signatures around stars KIC 12557548 and KIC 3542116.

Source: Mario Sucerquia, Jaime A. Alvarado-Montes, Jorge I. Zuluaga, Nicolás Cuello, Cristian Giuppone. Ploonets: formation, evolution, and detectability of tidally detached exomoons. arXiv, 2019.

Constant Confusion: New Studies Deepen Mystery of Universe’s Expansion – How fast is our universe expanding? In recent years, astronomers are finding strangely different answers to a basic cosmic number dubbed the Hubble constant.

Source: Wendy L. Freedman, et al. The Carnegie-Chicago Hubble Program. VIII. An Independent Determination of the Hubble Constant Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch. arXiv, 2019.

Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has Upped His Game, Study Finds – The bird learned new dance moves on his own, researchers find, a novelty in the animal world.

Source: R. Joanne Jao Keehn, John R. Iversen, Irena Schulz, Aniruddh D. Patel. Spontaneity and diversity of movement to music are not uniquely human. Current Biology, 2019.

Australopithecus Drank Breast Milk for Years to Survive Food Shortages – Australopiths depended on breast milk when other foods were meager. This emergency diet may have made it harder for the species to survive in the long-term.

Source: Renaud Joannes-Boyau, et al. Elemental signatures of Australopithecus africanus teeth reveal seasonal dietary stress. Nature, 2019.

Scientists discover magnets out of liquid – Magnets used to be rigid -- not anymore.

Source: Xubo Liu, et al. Reconfigurable ferromagnetic liquid droplets. Science, 2019.

Algae-killing virus stimulates nutrient recylcing in the oceans – Nutrient recycling is essential for ecological health and marine biodiversity. New research suggests viruses help promote the turnover of vital nutrients.

Source: Chana F. Kranzler, et al. Silicon limitation facilitates virus infection and mortality of marine diatoms. Nature Microbiology, 2019.

New e-skin innovation gives robots and prosthetics an exceptional sense of touch – Researchers have developed an ultra responsive and robust artificial nervous system for e-skins.

Source: Wang Wei Lee, et al. A neuro-inspired artificial peripheral nervous system for scalable electronic skins. Science Robotics, 2019.