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group of killer whales

MOVING ON  If traveling killer whales have a postmenopausal female in the lead, her long ecological experience may give them an edge in hunting salmon. 

lightning volcano

FIRE BOLT  Lightning that crackles through volcanic ash plumes, such as during this 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, can kiln microscopic glass orbs, new research finds.

partial jaw fossil

EVOLUTION’S BITE  A researcher holds a 2.8-million-year-old partial jaw near where it was found in Ethiopia. The fossil’s discoverers say it represents the earliest known member of the human genus, Homo.

Hypervelocity star

ON THE LOOSE  Hypervelocity stars (one illustrated) travel so fast they can escape the galaxy. US 708 is the fastest known of this cohort, possibly ejected by a supernova explosion, astronomers say.

Splashing coffee

SQUASH THE SLOSH  Just a few layers of surface bubbles can save a beverage from splashing all over the kitchen counter. 



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