NEWFOUND LAND Two new volcanic islands cropped up in the Red Sea (Jadid Island formed during the eruption seen in this satellite image). The isles, roughly the size of a few dozen football fields, will help scientists better understand how islands get shaped.
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TOXIC TRAIL Researchers have discovered a trail of covert forms of tutin, a potent neurotoxin, that goes from tutu shrubs (far left) to passionvine hoppers (center left) to European honeybees (center right) to honey (far right).
LIFE FROM DEATH Even well-preserved mammoth remains, such as this calf mummy found in 2007, won’t yield enough DNA to make a clone. But there are other ways to bring mammoths back, according to evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro.
Babies whose eighth month of gestation fell during the 2008 Beijing Olympics were born slightly heavier than babies born a year earlier or later, a stark indication of the effects of pollution on development.