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LA Fog

FLEETING FOG  Fog in coastal Los Angeles has become much less frequent due to nighttime warming caused by urbanization, new research suggests.

chili peppers

HOT STUFF  Capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers their heat, relieves pain by a previously unknown process.

Big Brain

FOLD IT  A gene that only humans have can make the normally smooth outer layer of mouse brains develop folds similar to those in human brains (upper right center). The gene may have been important for the evolution of big human brains.

Kepler 11

TIGHT FIT  The star Kepler 11 (illustrated) is home to six planets, five of which would fit inside the orbit of Mercury. Most solar systems might form with planets squished even closer together.



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