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microcube diagram

SQUEEZE PLAY  This weird new metamaterial achieves the counterintuitive feat of expanding when squeezed.

lithium dendrite crystals

SAY FREEZE  Scientists used an imaging technique called cryo-electron microscopy to snap the first close-ups of lithium dendrites, revealing them as long, needlelike crystals.

Asian green mussels

A LITTLE CLINGY  Asian green mussels (Perna viridis) can stick en masse to piers and ship hulls, forming thick crusts that are hard to remove.

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