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Amina Khan

Amina Khan is a science writer covering a broad range of topics, from Mars rovers to linguistics to bio-inspired engineering — but she’s perhaps best known for her repeated and brutal attacks on the office snack table. She surfs and snowboards in her spare time.
Extinct species of gibbon discovered in an unlikely place — the tomb of a Chinese noblewoman

In the tomb of the grandmother of an ancient Chinese emperor, an international team of scientists has discovered the skull of a species of gibbon that looks unlike any gibbon alive today. The ape may represent the earliest documented ape extinction since the last ice age.

After years of searching, scientists can finally account for all the normal matter in the universe

So-called “normal” matter — the stuff we’re made of — makes up only 5% of the universe, and more than half of it is missing. With the help of X-ray observations of a distant quasar, scientists now say they have found it.

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