In the June 24 SN: Unlikely worlds around dim red stars, bacteria to the rescue, flamingos’ balancing act, Jupiter up close, hominid origins revisited, spacetime shakes again, ladybug wing origami and more.
UNDER THE SKIN Researchers have discovered mysterious structures, such as these bubblelike compartments called vesicles that sit between the cell membrane (cyan) and the cell wall (purple) of the bacterium Halothiobacillus neapolitanus (cryotomogram, top; 3-D reconstruction, bottom).
M.J. Dobro/Journal of Bacteriology 2017
BONE UP The skeleton doesn’t just protect important bodily organs, it also talks to them, studies in mice show.
Ted Kinsman/Science Source
RED ALERT This micrograph shows how the protein alpha-synuclein (red) builds up in nerve cells (blue) in brains affected by Parkinson’s disease. The immune system can react to parts of the protein, a new study finds.
Roger J. Bick & Mya C. Schiess/UT-Houston Medical School/Science Source