brain neworks

LOCKED IN  Patients in the left two images are outwardly in a vegetative state. But the neural connections, measured by electrical activity, are much more active in the middle patient, whose brain network more closely resembles a healthy volunteer’s (right). All three were asked to imagine themselves playing tennis.

DIATOMIC ART  This colorful pattern, which is hundreds of microns across, is made up of hard-shelled algae called diatoms. 

MERS virus particles

DEADLY TARGET  A human immune protein might combat the MERS virus, shown here in yellow in a camel’s cells. No vaccine currently exists for MERS, which has infected over 1,300 people and killed around 500 since the virus was first identified in 2012.  

Auroral lights

SHINY  Auroral lights, like those seen on Earth, shimmer in the atmosphere encircling the pole of the dim star LSR J1835 + 3259in this artist’s illustration.



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