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  1. Trilobites: DNA Clues to an Ancient Canary Islands Voyage - The islands’ pioneers likely arrived centuries before European conquest, as part of a large-scale movement of people from North Africa.
  2. Neptune’s Moon Triton Is Destination of Proposed NASA Mission - Scientists at a conference in Houston presented the concept for a flyby mission to study a mysterious moon that may contain an ocean.
  3. A.I. Can Improve Health Care. It Also Can Be Duped. - As medical insurers and billing companies begin using machine-learning software, they can learn to game the underlying algorithms for profit.
  4. Chop Up a Worm. It Will Regenerate. Scientists Figured Out Why. - Researchers identified the master control gene that enables worms to grow a new body, capturing the imagination of some humans looking for a fresh start.
  5. The Asteroid Was Shooting Rocks Into Space. ‘Were We Safe in Orbit?’ - NASA’s Osiris-Rex and Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft reached the space rocks they are surveying last year, and scientists from both teams announced early findings on Tuesday.
  6. Karen Uhlenbeck Is First Woman to Win Abel Prize for Mathematics - Dr. Uhlenbeck helped pioneer geometric analysis, developing techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians.
  7. Space Is Very Big. Some of Its New Explorers Will Be Tiny. - The success of NASA’s MarCO mission means that so-called cubesats likely will travel to distant reaches of our solar system.
  8. How Ultima Thule Is Like a Sticky, Pull-Apart Pastry - Scientists from the New Horizons mission presented their latest findings about the small distant object visited by the NASA spacecraft at the start of the year.
  9. Trilobites: Honey as a Pollution Detector? It’s a Sweet Idea - Beehives and their contents are a sensitive detector of lead emissions, a study of Canadian urban apiaries showed.
  10. Trigger Warnings May Not Do Much, Early Studies Suggest - Researchers found that the warnings, which alert people to disturbing material, may pose little benefit or harm to those who view them. But more study is needed, they agree.

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