A cofounder aims to amplify black nature enthusiasts Wildlife biologist Danielle Belleny hopes the social media campaign represents black birders and nature enthusiasts of color in a hobby often stereotyped as white. sciencenews.org/article/blackb &Society

A Milky Way flash implicates magnetars as a source of fast radio bursts A bright radio burst seen from a magnetar in the Milky Way suggests that similar objects produce the mysterious fast radio bursts observed in other galaxies. sciencenews.org/article/milky-

A new device can produce electricity using shadows Even under low light, this new technology exploits the contrast between light and shade to produce a current that can power small electronics. sciencenews.org/article/new-de

Lidar reveals the oldest and biggest Maya structure yet found A previously unknown Maya site in Mexico, called Aguada Fénix, adds to evidence that massive public works may have preceded kings in the civilization. sciencenews.org/article/lidar-

What parents need to know about kids in the summer of COVID-19 So far, evidence suggests children don’t often get severely ill from COVID-19, but there’s more to learn about their role in its spread. sciencenews.org/article/corona &Medicine

These tube-shaped creatures may be the earliest known parasites Fossils from over 500 million years ago might be the first known example of parasitism in the fossil record, though the evidence isn’t conclusive. sciencenews.org/article/tube-d

The Dead Sea Scrolls contain genetic clues to their origins Animal DNA is providing researchers with hints on how to assemble what amounts to a giant jigsaw puzzle of ancient manuscript fragments. sciencenews.org/article/dead-s

A new 3-D map illuminates the ‘little brain’ within the heart Microscopy and genetic studies yield a comprehensive map of the nerve cells found in the heart of a rat. sciencenews.org/article/new-3-

Chicxulub collision put Earth’s crust in hot water for over a million years An asteroid impact 66 million years ago caused hot fluids to circulate in the crust, creating conditions that may have been ideal for microbial life. sciencenews.org/article/chicxu

‘Tree Story’ explores what tree rings can tell us about the past The book "Tree Story" explains how scientists decipher tree rings to discover clues about past climates and ancient civilizations. sciencenews.org/article/tree-s

A weird cosmic flare called the ‘Cow’ now has company Scientists have now found three similar luminous, short-lived bursts of light, part of a class known as fast blue optical transients. sciencenews.org/article/weird-

More ‘murder hornets’ are turning up. Here’s what you need to know Two more specimens of the world’s largest hornet have just been found in North America. sciencenews.org/article/asian-

Genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s also raise the risk of getting COVID-19 People who have the APOE4 genetic variant appear to be more vulnerable to the disease, but it’s unclear why. sciencenews.org/article/corona

Neon colors may help some corals stage a comeback from bleaching When some corals bleach, they turn bright colors. Stunning hues may be part of a response that helps the corals recover and reunite with their algae. sciencenews.org/article/corals

Meteorites might be more likely to strike near the equator Meteorites from Antarctica have helped scientists assess the total number likely to hit Earth every year — and where they are most likely to fall. sciencenews.org/article/meteor

A biblical-era Israeli shrine shows signs of the earliest ritual use of marijuana Chemical analyses reveal a residue of cannabis and animal dung on an altar from a biblical-era fortress in use more than 2,700 years ago. sciencenews.org/article/bible-

How more powerful Pacific cyclones may be fueling global warming Increasingly strong storms in the North Pacific may be speeding up the fast-moving Kuroshio Current — which could bring more heat to high latitudes. sciencenews.org/article/climat

Wastewater could provide up to a week of warning for a COVID-19 spike A new study adds to evidence that sewage may serve as an early warning signal that the coronavirus has hit a community. sciencenews.org/article/corona &Medicine

SpaceX’s astronaut launch will mark a milestone for commercial spaceflight Two NASA astronauts aboard the privately built Crew Dragon capsule will be the first to be sent into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011. sciencenews.org/article/spacex

Half the universe’s ordinary matter was missing — and may have been found Astronomers have used fast radio bursts as cosmic weigh stations to tease out where the universe’s “missing matter” resides. sciencenews.org/article/univer

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