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supermassive black hole illustration

TOO BIG, TOO SOON  Supermassive black holes that are actively feeding on gas and dust, like the one shown in this artist’s rendition, have been spotted in the early universe — before they should have had time to grow.

progenitor cells

BYE BYE BUDS  Mice that became obese on a high-fat diet (right) lost a quarter of their taste buds (stained red) and also had fewer progenitor cells (stained green) — which give rise to new taste buds — than mice of a healthy weight on a regular diet (left).

Ceres crater

FOLLOW THE ICE  A wall of ice in the shadows of Ceres’ Juling crater, shown here in an image taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, grew by about 50 percent over the course of six months.


STEVE APPEARS  A purplish and green band of light known as STEVE, shown here with the Milky Way, is a new kind of aurora that appears in the sky during displays of the northern lights.

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