Scientists recently mapped the louse genome. It has only 108 million letters of DNA, which is fewer than in other insects they've mapped. Courtesy Aurelie Veracx hide caption

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Called red currant tomatoes, these Solanum pimpinellifolium are actually a tomato cousin, in the nightshade family. The fruits are intensely tomato-flavored and very sweet. Harry Klee hide caption

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Scientists report they have made a living cell from DNA that was originally synthesized in a lab. hide caption

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Someone who looks like this could be in your family tree. Chip Clark/Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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Red and green aphids get their different colors by producing carotenoids, or color compounds. Courtesy of Charles Hedgcock, R.B.P. hide caption

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Researchers Evgenia Ilyinskaya and Asgerdur Sigurdardottir sweep up volcanic ash from a small bridge just south of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. The ash will be taken back to the University of Iceland for analysis. Joe Palca/NPR hide caption

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Even the spin of a seemingly random roulette wheel can be predicted if you have the right information, says Antonio Acin of the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona. hide caption

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An actor prepares to receive "shocks" from the audience on a fake TV game show, staged for a French documentary. Psychologists have questioned the ethics of such experiments because of possible mental trauma suffered by participants. Christophe Russeil, HO/AP hide caption

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DNA analysis showed that most dogs share genetic markers with Middle Eastern gray wolves, like this one photographed in Israel. Courtesy of Nadav Perez hide caption

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Researchers were able to correctly match bacterial DNA on keyboards and computer mice with their individual users. This bacterial "fingerprint" could become a new forensic tool, though it's not yet ready for the courtroom. hide caption

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