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Venus

BLUE MARBLE  From the outside, you would never know how hostile Venus’ surface is. This false-color image of Venus from the Akatsuki spacecraft shows a cloud-covered atmosphere as complex and dynamic as Earth’s.

skyrmion illustration

MAGNETIC KNOTS  A skyrmion is a swirl (red) among the atoms of a magnetic material. Here, cones point in the direction of each atom’s magnetization. Skyrmions come in several types; this one, a Néel skyrmion, is found in thin materials.

body in morgue

FORENSIC LENS  A new approach to determining a body’s time of death looks for patterns in genes that are active after death.

skates

SKATING AWAY  Little skates are cartilaginous fish that use their pelvic fins to amble along the ocean floor.



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