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illustration of two atoms

GETTING TOGETHER  For the first time, researchers have picked out two specific atoms and smashed them into each other (as suggested in this artist's conception) to form a single molecule.

hazmat suit

HIGH-TECH PROTECTION A newly developed, lightweight material that guards against chemical or biological contaminants could offer more comfortable protection than permanently sealed hazard suits. 

European robin

SIXTH SENSE  During European robins’ long-range migrations, production of the protein Cry4 increases and that may facilitate the birds’ sense of Earth’s magnetic field.

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