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quasicrystal

QUIRKY CRYSTAL  A new type of quasicrystal (enlarged, right) has been discovered inside a fragment of a Russian meteorite (left), as seen in this backscattered electron image.

solar panels

Solar panels are about to break even on their energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

Oklahoma quake map

THE SHAKES  In Oklahoma, disposal of massive amounts of wastewater into underground wells over the last few years (redder-shaded regions) caused an uptick in earthquake activity (gray dots) over historic rates (black dots), including several large quakes registering magnitude 4.5 or stronger (stars).

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