DEATH BY BUBBLE Mundane tools beat fancy X-ray setups in tracking how invading air bubbles kill leaves during drought, as seen in (clockwise from top) a Pteris fern, oak leaf and Adiantum fern.
T.J. Brodribb et al/PNAS 2016
An epidemic of sea star wasting disease struck starfish species, including Pisaster ochraceus, along the west coast of North America, starting in 2013. Scientists are still trying to figure out what causes the disease.
RAINWATER RUMBLES New Zealand’s Southern Alps focus rainwater on the nearby Alpine Fault, researchers propose. That water could help fuel the seismic cycle that generates a colossal earthquake along the fault every few hundred years