Life & Evolution

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STUMPED  Perhaps because only the upper body shows in the photo, this hairy woodpecker confused the Merlin photo ID program. 

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.  

truffles

SIGNATURE SCENT  By compiling and reanalyzing data, researchers now think that truffles, like this Italian white truffle (Tuber magnatum Pico), get their knock-your-socks-off smells with the help of their microbes.

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