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Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers

SCENT MASTERS  Southeast Asian hunter-gatherer communities display an ability to name different odors not observed in Western nations or even in a neighboring farming group. Here, two of these hunter-gatherers clear an area to enable the growth of durian, a sweet-tasting but foul-smelling fruit.

worker honeybee

BEE COLD CASE  Just what caused sudden disappearances of honeybees (a worker bee shown) about a decade ago is still a matter of scientific debate.

SN 2011fe

In August of 2011, researchers discovered SN 2011fe, a type 1a supernova 21 million light-years away in galaxy M101 (images show the galaxy before and after the supernova, with the supernova circled at right). Studies using type 1a supernovas as “standard candles” to measure how fast the universe expands (the Hubble constant) produce a result in conflict with other data used to infer the cosmic growth rate.

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