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neutron star

TOUGH STUFF  An exotic substance thought to exist within a type of collapsed star called a neutron star (illustrated) may be stronger than any other known material.

mayfly swarm

SWARM STORM  Mayflies have been swarming a high-traffic bridge in central Pennsylvania, causing blizzard-like conditions for commuters.

Ceres' Ahuna Mons

NOT ONE OF A KIND  Scientists thought Ahuna Mons (shown in the center of this image constructed from surface maps taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft) was the only icy volcano on dwarf planet Ceres. Now it seems it’s just the youngest.

dna helix illustration

COUNTING ON IT The number of human genes depends on how scientists define a gene.

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