iron

PRECIOUS METAL  Geochemists explore platinum, gold and other rare elements that are attracted to iron to understand how Earth's core formed billions of years ago. 

Jupiter's Great Red Spot

FULL OF HOT AIR  Churning air over the Great Red Spot on Jupiter (illustrated) creates a hot spot (yellow) hundreds of degrees of warmer than the surrounding atmosphere.

Pacific Islands

BIRTH OF A PLATE  Scientists have a new origin story for the Pacific tectonic plate, which now underlies most of the Pacific Ocean. The plate formed in a gap between three other plates, the scientists propose.

Staphylococcus lugdunensis and MRSA

MRSA BUSTER  A compound secreted by the nose-dwelling bacterium Staphylococcus lugdunensis may fight antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA (pink).  



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