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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. 

Scotland storm

WEATHER BOMB  A Japanese seismic network detected a rare type of deep-Earth tremor originating from a swirling North Atlantic storm (seen here slamming Scotland’s coast) in December 2014.

Venus

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

Borrelia burgdorferi

SPECIAL BONDS  The corkscrew-shaped bacteria that cause Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) attach themselves to the sides of blood vessels using special bonds that get stronger under stress. 



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