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    1. In the Garden of Eels

      In the Garden of Eels

       

      From a distance, garden eels look a bit like some strange grass waving on the sea floor. That’s until they abruptly shrink back into the holes they’ve burrowed in the sand.

      The eels seem to be unique among fish. They are capable of swimming free, which they do to change burrows. But mostly, they live sessile lives, anchored in their narrow burrows even when they emerge to feed, like tethered snakes striking at zooplankton too small to see.

      In the Red Sea, they live in colonies of hundreds or even thousands, from shallow waters of 13 feet or ...

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    2. Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Black Hole Researchers - The New York Times

      Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Black Hole Researchers - The New York Times

      Rainer Weiss of M.I.T. and his Caltech collaborators Kip Thorne and Barry Barish discovered ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves.

      Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, both of the California Institute of Technology, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for the discovery of ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago but had never been directly seen.

      In announcing the award, the Royal Swedish Academy called it “a discovery that shook the world.”

      In February 2016 ...

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