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Common coral trout

MOST WANTED  A common coral trout stalking a small fish dinner is one of several prized Plectropomus species responding well to Australia’s much-debated system of no-take reserves within Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

 Venable Ice Shelf

MELTDOWN   Antarctica’s Venable Ice Shelf, shown, is on track to disappear within a century, new research shows.

REGULAR RATE  A genetic analysis suggests that the Ebola virus, shown here in orange, is not evolving as fast as expected.

A stone tool

TOOL TIMING  Hand axes, such as this Acheulean tool, were made as early as 1.7 million years ago. They probably had multiple uses, much like a Swiss army knife.

Iceland Genome Lab

PAINTING A PORTRAIT  Scientists are sequencing the genomes of a large swath of Icelanders to better understand the genetic underpinnings of disease.



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