Strange magnetic pulses that happen at midnight detected on Mars

A NASA robot on Mars sends back unusual findings, including timed magnetic pulses.

Credit: NASA
Surprising Science
  • Scientists reveal preliminary findings from NASA's Insight Lander on Mars.
  • The lander has been on Mars since November 2018.
  • The data includes detection of magnetic pulses, happening at local midnight.
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Why the illusory truth effect works

Repeating lies makes people believe they are true, show studies.

Mind & Brain
  • Two recent studies looked at the illusory truth effect.
  • The effect describes our propensity to start believing untrue statements if they are repeated.
  • The phenomenon is a universal bias linked to cognitive fluency but can be counterbalanced.
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Astronomers spot only the 2nd interstellar object ever seen

An amateur astronomer discovers an interstellar comet on its way to our Sun.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Surprising Science
  • The comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) was spotted by an amateur astronomer.
  • The object is moving so fast, it likely originated outside our solar system.
  • The comet should be observable for another year.
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Medicine mix-up leads to children developing 'werewolf syndrome'

A group of at least 20 kids in Spain gets a rare illness with historical roots.

Surprising Science
  • A group of children in Spain develops a rare illness called hypertrichosis or "werewolf syndrome".
  • The illness was caused by a medicine mixup.
  • Hypertrichosis has been documented throughout history in images.
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