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HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE  The farside of the moon, shown in this picture from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, is due to get its first robotic visitor soon. China’s Chang’e-4 spacecraft will launch for the region in December.

TREAD LIGHTLY  Tiny pieces from rubber tires, brake pads and asphalt make up most of the airborne microplastic pollution around three German highways, a study finds.

cave painting of red animal in Borneo

OLD PAINT A reddish-orange animal, lower left, painted on a cave wall in Borneo dates to at least  40,000 years ago, scientists say.

skulls and bone fragments from Lagoa Santa, Brazil

REVEAL  DNA analyses of these skulls and bone fragments from Lagoa Santa, Brazil, and other ancient remains from North and South America are helping scientists learn more about the peopling of the Americas.

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