How do small disease-carrying animals adapt to human environments? Could wearing masks have detrimental effects on babies' development? Find out in ScienceSeeker's picks of the best posts for the week of Feb 8-14 2021 #SciSeekPicks #SciComm.

Welcome to this week's edition of the very best from the world of science news. This week, discover the newly uncovered state of matter; the swirlionic state (hint: it's swirly), and get the latest on the Chinese unmanned mission to Mars. ScienceSeeker editors' favourite posts within their respective areas of interest and expertise also cover many other important and exciting topics. Why not have a read, inform yourself, and indulge your scientific curiosity?

Small animals from disturbed wild land are more likely to adapt to urban environments, and more likely to carry disease.
Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife via Flickr (CC BY ND)

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