Ceres

CRATER CROWD A map of Ceres based on images taken by the Dawn spacecraft shows the dwarf planet’s uneven distribution of craters. The terrain has about a 15-kilometer change in elevation (blue is low, red is high) and includes craters, such as Kerwan, that span nearly 300 kilometers.

Dust!

PLUMP PARTICLES   Fats lurking in house dust can activate a protein in human cells that researchers think plays a key role in obesity.

China’s Taklamakan Desert

COVERT CARBON  Desert aquifers, fed by rain, surface and irrigation waters, hoard hundreds of billions of metric tons of carbon pulled from the atmosphere, new research suggests. The irrigation water flushes the carbon deep underground, report researchers who studied China’s Taklamakan Desert (shown).

water strider

FLOATING  Like a real water strider (left), new robotic insects can rest on water and jump off it. 



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