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STEVE APPEARS  A purplish and green band of light known as STEVE, shown here with the Milky Way, is a new kind of aurora that appears in the sky during displays of the northern lights.

Stephen Hawking

HAWKING’S LEGACY  Among Stephen Hawking’s most notable contributions to physics was the discovery that black holes are not really black. 

umbrella liverwort

NATURE’S DESIGN  The female reproductive structures of the umbrella liverwort, shown here, capture sperm-filled water droplets under their fronds.  

brain wave illustration

CATCH A WAVE Created by collections of busy nerve cells, brain waves may help the brain organize information, new studies suggest.

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