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MEASURING UP  This metal cylinder is the United States’ copy of the international kilogram kept in France. Scientists hope to replace this standard, the last physical object used to define a unit of the metric system, with a definition of mass based upon fundamental physical constants.

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JET SET  An active galaxy called a blazar, illustrated here, emits a jet of high-energy particles toward Earth. 

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GOING WITH THE FLOW  E. coli, illustrated here, use their flagella to swim. A new study reveals that bacteria’s synchronized swimming can eliminate a liquid’s resistance to flow.

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