HEY LOOK The spherical bacteria Synechocystis (shown here in false color) can use their single-celled bodies almost like eyeballs. A light shining up from the bottom of this image passes through the cells and focuses on the far side (white arrows highlight examples of focused light). A laser light source in the center (red dot) helped test which way the cells move in reaction to bright spots of light.
N. Schuergers et al/eLife 2016
SQUISH A new, collapsible robot can squeeze into tight spaces like its living inspiration, the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana.
Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram and Pauline Jennings; Courtesy of PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley
MISSED IT Decades of research on white-tailed deer have missed a malaria parasite now confirmed with new evidence. Here, researchers are working with a deer they temporarily trapped during a survey for parasites.
Lisa H. Ware/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute