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Lucy

LUCY’S PLUNGE  Scientists say that damage to the 3.2-million-year-old partial skeleton dubbed Lucy suggests that this ancient hominid plummeted to her death from high in a tree. That’s a controversial conclusion.

OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD LANDSCAPES  The latest generation of interplanetary spacecraft have revealed diverse landscapes on (clockwise from top left) Ceres, Enceladus, Mars, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Pluto and Dione. 

Venus

HOT SPOT Venus, seen in this radar map from the Magellan spacecraft, might have once been habitable, new simulations suggest.

GLuMI nerve cell

PEEKABOO  A GLuMI nerve cell (yellow) is tucked among bipolar nerve cells  with two arms (red), photoreceptors (top, blue) and ganglion cells (bottom, pink) in a mouse retina.



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