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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

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.

The Origins

A topographic map of Zealandia, a sunken continent that includes New Zealand. (Image credit: NOAA)

The lost continent of Zealandia underwent changes as subduction began around the western Pacific. [Read more about the clues.]

Blurring the Line

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Huge bacteria-killing viruses lurk in ecosystems around the world from hot springs to freshwater lakes and rivers. [Read more about the organisms.]

Busting Myths

The myth that things go missing in the Bermuda Triangle is just that, a myth. (Image credit: James Gass/EyeEm via Getty Images)

Artifacts found by divers at the shipwreck hinted that these are the remains of the SS Cotopaxi. [Read more about the find.]

Pock-marked Object

A pair of images show two views of Pallas with its pock-marked surface. (Image credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

New images reveal that one of the strangest asteroids in the solar system is also the most covered in craters, after billions of years plowing through the asteroid belt like a runaway train. [Read more about the theory.]

Cosmic Communications?

A photo shows the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment Fast Radio Burst Project at night. (Image credit: CHIME FRB)

For the first time, astrophysicists have detected a pattern in fast radio bursts, one of the most mysterious phenomena in the universe. [Read more about the discovery.]

Unseen Genes

A newly discovered virus named the "Yaravirus" contains genes that are unknown to scientists. (Image credit: IHU Aix Marseille University and Microscopy Center/UFMG)

In the waters of an artificial lake, scientists have discovered a brand-new virus with genes that have never been seen before. [Read more about the virus.]

Smuggler Caught

When Lendrum was apprehended in June 2018, he was carrying rare falcon eggs strapped to his body in a custom sling. (Image credit: Crown Prosecution Services)

Wild falcons are highly prized by private collectors, who pay tens of thousands of dollars for the rare birds. [Read more about the thief.]

No Home Away from Home

An image from NASA's Cassini probe, taken Sept. 23, 2006, shows a pair of hydrocarbon lakes on Titan. (Image credit: NASA/JPL)

Life on Earth likely began with the bubble-like membranes that surround our cells. Similar membranes probably wouldn't form on Titan, according to quantum mechanics. [Read more about the failure.]

Genetic Problems

The last woolly mammoths on Earth were a sickly bunch.

The last woolly mammoths on Earth were a sickly bunch. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

The DNA in the woolly mammoths on Wrangel Island had a number of unfavorable variants. [Read more about the lack of diversity.]

New Dinosaur!

Researchers have only two skulls from this new species, but here is what the dinosaur may have looked like nearly 80 million years ago.

Researchers have only two skulls from this new species, but here is what the dinosaur may have looked like nearly 80 million years ago. (Image credit: Julius Csotonyi)

This newly discovered "reaper of death" tyrannosaur likely preyed on horned and thick-skulled dinosaurs about 80 million years ago. [Read more about the cousin.]

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