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salamanders

DON’T LET THE FUNGUS GET ME  North America’s extreme diversity of salamanders (lungless Ensatina eschscholtzii from the West Coast shown) could face catastrophic losses if the deadly Bsal fungus invades via the international live-animal trade. 

Philae

TAKE TWO   Philae’s intended landing spot (left, imaged from 40 meters above the comet’s surface) was soft and sandy. A two-hour-long bounce dropped it in a craggy pit (right, with lander leg at bottom) where the ground is as hard as pumice.

water strider

FLOATING  Like a real water strider (left), new robotic insects can rest on water and jump off it. 

Olive oil

TASTY  Fats like one found in olive oil don’t just please the palate; they fall under a taste category distinct from the five well-known ones, researchers argue.



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