This composite image of brain scans shows two traits of a highly impulsive individual. The cool colors in the midbrain are indicative of a decrease in dopamine receptor levels while the warm colors show elevated levels of dopamine in a different part of the brain called the striatum. Joshua W. Buckholtz and David H. Zald hide caption

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A Pleurosigma, a type of phytoplankton in the ocean. Phytoplankton generate more than half of the Earth's oxygen. Harry Taylor/Nikon Small World hide caption

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Scientists studied the Manduca sexta caterpillar under X-ray and found that when caterpillars walk, their guts move forward first, followed by the rest of their bodies in a rippling movement. Ted Kropiewnicki/Tree of Life Web Project hide caption

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Anthropologist Brian Richmond is trying to determine what the footprints of modern humans can tell us about how we evolved. NPR hide caption

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Voice blindness, or phonagnosia, is a rare disorder that has to do with how the brain processes voices. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The sediment levels in San Francisco Bay are going down, leaving wetlands with less protection from rising sea levels. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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