This week in science
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The week of March 3–10 saw new evidence for face masks’ efficacy, messages from Mars and deep space, and a somewhat successful SpaceX landing.
Here are 8 stunning images that explain the week’s biggest science stories.
Scientists from NIST found that humidity caused by breath makes cotton face masks better at filtering Covid-19 without making it harder to breathe.
New York City continued its phase four reopening plan one year after its first reported case of Covid-19.
NASA’s Perseverance rover sent back new images of Mars as it continued testing its instruments.
European researchers using a new carbon dating method found that Neanderthals may have disappeared from Europe 10,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Scientists in Chile and Germany found the most distant source of radio emissions to date — a quasar 13 billion light-years away.
Scientists in Japan found that some sea slugs can intentionally sever their own heads, then regrow a new body from the still-living head within weeks.
Scientists in France found a meteorite older than Earth in the Saharan Desert, which could shed light on our Solar System’s ancient history.
SpaceX Starship SN10 landed successfully but exploded minutes later due to a fuel leak from damage sustained in the hard landing.
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