Incredible 'Hypatia' Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System

popularmechanics.com – The mysterious Egyptian rock contains mico-mineral compounds not found on Earth, in any meteorite or comet, or elsewhere in the solar system.

Source: Georgy A. Belyanin, et al. Petrography of the carbonaceous, diamond-bearing stone “Hypatia” from southwest Egypt: A contribution to the debate on its origin. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2018.

Here's How Large Deposits Of Ice Discovered On Planet Mars Could Benefit Mankind

techtimes.com – Researchers found huge deposits of ice sheets just a few feet beneath the surface of Mars. The discovery can not only help scientists know more about the Red Planet but also address the issue of water availability for future manned missions.

Source: Colin M. Dundas, et al. Exposed subsurface ice sheets in the Martian mid-latitudes. Science, 2018.

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

sciencenews.org – Fancy liquid-sipper mouthparts might have evolved before the great burst of flower evolution

Source: Timo J. B. van Eldijk, et al. A Triassic-Jurassic window into the evolution of Lepidoptera. Science Advances, 2018.

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

bbc.com – Human body lice, rather than rat fleas, spread plague during the Black Death, a study simulating the outbreak suggests.

Source: Katharine R. Dean, et al. Human ectoparasites and the spread of plague in Europe during the Second Pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.

4,000-Year-Old Mummies Are Half Brothers, DNA Analysis Shows

livescience.com – Two Egyptian mummies that rested next to each other, side by side, for nearly 4,000 years are not full, but rather half-brothers, finds a new study using advanced DNA sequencing.

Source: Konstantina Drosou, Campbell Price, Terence A. Brown. The kinship of two 12th Dynasty mummies revealed by ancient DNA sequencing. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2018.

Ibuprofen may increase risk of fertility issues in men, study suggests

theguardian.com – High doses of the common painkiller over a long period of time may put men at greater risk of fertility problems and other health issues, research indicates

Source: David Møbjerg Kristensen, et al. Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.

Why Scientists Just Created the Creepiest Robot Baby You'll Ever See

livescience.com – This dirt-dispersing robot-baby torso will crawl out of the lab and into your nightmares.

Source: Tianren Wu, et al. Infant and Adult Inhalation Exposure to Resuspended Biological Particulate Matter. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017.

Induced Spawning And In-Vitro Fertilization Could Save World's Dying Corals

techtimes.com – Coral reefs have been found starving to death in various locations around the world. To save the species, an institution in the UK developed two cutting-edge methods to help corals reproduce faster.

Source: Spatial and temporal patterns of mass bleaching of corals in the Anthropocene. Science, 2018.

No, the full moon does not cause earthquakes, study finds

cbc.ca – The moon may be the cause of some things that happen on Earth, but earthquakes aren't one of them, a new study suggests.

Source: Susan E. Hough. Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?. Seismological Research Letters, 2018.