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sweet wormwood plant

GREEN MEDICINE  Derived from sweet wormwood plants, the antimalarial compound artemisinin usually composes 0.1 to 1 percent of the dry weight of the leaves. New research more than triples a plant’s yield of artemisinin, to 3.2 percent.

cicadas

Genetic evidence suggests that cicadas on 13- and 17-year schedules can hybridize.  

Bajau diver spear fishing

DAY JOB A Bajau diver, spear in hand, fishes off the coast of Indonesia. Bajau divers spend 60 percent of their diving time completely underwater, comparable to sea otters.

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