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cover of November 1, 2014 issue
Easter Island statue

HEAD EAST  People living on Easter Island, known for its carved giant stone statues,  sailed to and from the Americas before Europeans reached their South Pacific home, new genetic evidence suggests.

Japanese climbing fern

BEHIND THE LEAVES  The Japanese climbing fern in its spore-making form (shown) will create a new generation of specialized, chemically adept sexual offspring that can masculinize their neighbors.

SPYING ON CELLS  An immune cell bearing a fluorescent orange tag reaches out and touches another cell (tagged in blue). Scientists can watch the action using a new microscope that’s not as damaging to cells as previous scopes. The scale bar represents 4 micrometers.

Quanta Resources Superfund Site

GREEN CLEAN  Using genes from waste-munching microbes, plants may help clean up harmful chemicals in contaminated areas such as the Quanta Resources Superfund Site in Edgewater, N.J.

ostrichlike dinosaur drawing

HEFTY HANDS  At more than 6,000 kilograms, Deinocheirus mirificus (shown in an artist’s reconstruction) is the largest ostrichlike dinosaur yet discovered.

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