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    PhotoA ring spinifex grass, also known as a fairy circle, in Twyfelfontein, Namibia.
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    The Fairy Circles Mystery Gets a New Suspect

    A small study suggests that soil microbes could play a role in the ring-like grass formations in parts of Australia’s wilderness.

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Trilobites

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  1. Photo“Ice Queen,” a snowflake photographed by Dr. Nathan Myhrvold in Yellowknife, Canada, in March 2020.
    CreditNathan Myhrvold/Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC

    Snowflakes as You’ve Never Seen Them Before

    Whether made with setups using sapphire and carbon fiber or an old mitten and a standard camera, these photographic approaches allow close-ups of the tiny masterpieces formed when snow falls.

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Climate and Environment

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    How Green Are Electric Vehicles?

    In short: Very green. But plug-in cars still have environmental effects. Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed.

    By Hiroko Tabuchi and