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Bolshaya Udina volcano

SLEEPING GIANT  Bolshaya Udina, a volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, has long been inactive. Some scientists suggest the volcano is waking up, based on nearby seismic activity. But others say those rumblings may be linked to active volcanoes in the region.

cemetery excavation

SMOKED OUT  Excavations of tombs such as this at a cemetery in western China yielded evidence that people burned cannabis and inhaled its fumes during rituals for the dead around 2,500 years ago.

superflare illustration

HOT MESS  Scientists have found superflares erupting from older, sunlike stars, not just from young stars (one illustrated with an exoplanet).

diamond

SHINE ON  Diamond could be used in particle detectors to spot lightweight types of dark matter particles, if they exist.



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