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OTS 44

GOING ROGUE  A disk of gas and dust swirls around OTS 44, a rogue planet shown in this artist’s illustration. It may have formed the same way stars are made.

Chart of Nova Vul 1670

FOOLS THE EYE  The position of Nova Vul  (red circle) within the swan constellation was charted in the journal Philosophical Transactions in 1670.

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.

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.

 Venable Ice Shelf

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



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