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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

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Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles from around the world, here are some of the coolest stories in science this week.

Flu Vs. Coronavirus

a close up of a reptile: The coronavirus particle as a crown of spikes on its surface. (Image credit: Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library via Getty Images) © Provided by Live Science The coronavirus particle as a crown of spikes on its surface. (Image credit: Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library via Getty Images)

How does the new coronavirus compare with the seasonal flu, and which should you most worry about? [Read more about the similarities.]

Treating the Outbreak

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Some of the prime candidates are drugs that were originally developed to treat other infections. [Read more about the plan.]

Strange Remains

Divers discovered the ancient woman's remains in the Chan Hol cave, near Tulum, Mexico. The underwater survey was led by Jerónimo Avilés, a speleologist (cave explorer and researcher) at the Museum of the Desert of Coahuila. (Image credit: Eugenio Acevez) © Provided by Live Science Divers discovered the ancient woman's remains in the Chan Hol cave, near Tulum, Mexico. The underwater survey was led by Jerónimo Avilés, a speleologist (cave explorer and researcher) at the Museum of the Desert of Coahuila. (Image credit: Eugenio Acevez)

This woman, whose remains were found in an underwater cave in Mexico, lived about 9,900 years ago, just as the last ice age was ending. [Read more about the find.]

Revealing the Unseen

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This is a radical new design compared to the world's most sensitive gravitational wave detectors. [Read more about the theory.]

Odd Burials

a circuit board: A satellite view of Aylesbury-Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England shows the site where the skeletons were found, at a farm near a graveyard (top center). (Image credit: Getmapping PLC/Infoterra & Blueslky/Maxar/Google Maps) © Provided by Live Science A satellite view of Aylesbury-Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England shows the site where the skeletons were found, at a farm near a graveyard (top center). (Image credit: Getmapping PLC/Infoterra & Blueslky/Maxar/Google Maps)

Skeletal remains of 42 people were recently unearthed at a farm in December 2019, but the construction company that found the bodies has yet to release a report. [Read more about the discovery.]

Weird, Theoretical Particles

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These supremely stable particles could explain dark matter. [Read more about the possibility.]

More UFO Reports

a plane flying over a body of water with a mountain in the background: The U.K.'s official government investigation of UFOs can be traced to a group formed in 1950: the Flying Saucer Working Party. (Image credit: Shutterstock) © Provided by Live Science The U.K.'s official government investigation of UFOs can be traced to a group formed in 1950: the Flying Saucer Working Party. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

The U.K.'s Ministry of Defense announced that it will soon release formerly classified government files about UFO encounters. [Read more about the files.]

Mouthlashes?

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A woman in Italy had an extremely rare condition in which she grew eyelash-like hairs in her mouth. [Read more about the case.]

Icy Mystery

a man riding a wave on a surfboard in the water: This satellite view of an ice ring on Lake Baikal is so impressive. Is it the one true ring to rule them all? (Image credit: MODIS/NASA) © Provided by Live Science This satellite view of an ice ring on Lake Baikal is so impressive. Is it the one true ring to rule them all? (Image credit: MODIS/NASA)

Eddies under the ice appear to be causing these mysterious rings on Lake Baikal. [Read more about the sight.]

Archeology on Trial

a close up of a sign: One artifact was said to show the earliest depiction of the Christian crucifixion, but experts said its iconography was much later than its supposed date in the third century A.D. (Image credit: DFA/AFA) © Provided by Live Science One artifact was said to show the earliest depiction of the Christian crucifixion, but experts said its iconography was much later than its supposed date in the third century A.D. (Image credit: DFA/AFA)

A criminal trial has begun of an archaeologist accused of forging a trove of Roman artifacts that allegedly show a third-century depiction of Jesus' crucifixion, Egyptian hieroglyphics and the early use of the Basque language. [Read more about the event.]

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