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The platypus is threatened by a number of factors. One threat is its becoming the lunch of cats and foxes.

gravity dust

The Planck space telescope analyzed the same patch of sky (within white dots) as BICEP2 in a search for ripples in the fabric of space. Yellow and red patches highlight areas with the most galactic dust, which initially tricked scientists.

smiley galaxy

The “eyes” in this face are actually galaxies — huge clusters of stars. And the smile is an optical illusion.

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