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Tasmanian devil

SURVIVAL GEAR  Some genetic variants may have allowed a small number of Tasmanian devils to withstand a deadly contagious facial tumor that has killed up to 95 percent of them in some locales. The discovery could be good news for the species. 

Lucy

LUCY’S PLUNGE  Scientists say that damage to the 3.2-million-year-old partial skeleton dubbed Lucy suggests that this ancient hominid plummeted to her death from high in a tree. That’s a controversial conclusion.

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. 

GLuMI nerve cell

PEEKABOO  A GLuMI nerve cell (yellow) is tucked among bipolar nerve cells  with two arms (red), photoreceptors (top, blue) and ganglion cells (bottom, pink) in a mouse retina.



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