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Masai warriors

NOT TOO VIOLENT  Small-scale human societies, represented here by African Masai warriors, are neither more nor less violent than state societies, a new study concludes. As often happens in investigations of warfare, the report has sparked controversy.

illustration of mammoths

BRINGING ‘EM BACK ALIVE  Scientists think they have the tools to transform elephants into woolly mammoths (illustrated) and reverse extinction. A new book explores the promise and pitfalls of de-extinction.

A view deep into space from the Hubble Space Telescope shows numerous galaxies, huge collections of stars like the Milky Way. A century ago, astronomers called those galaxies “island universes,” a term introduced by Civil War general Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel.

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