WHAT’S IN YOUR EAR? Studying earwax (sample below the type of animal donor species) might inspire new ways to reduce dust buildup.
Top row, left to right: David DeHetre/Flickr (CC BY 2.0); Dan Belanescu/Flickr (CC BY 2.0); Rob Wells/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0); Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar/Flickr (CC BY 2.0); bottom row: A. Noel, Z. Zachow and D. Hu/Georgia Tech
HELLO DARKNESS Just before a soap bubble bursts, its rainbow surface becomes peppered with dark spots in the thinnest regions of the bubble film. Once the darkness spreads over a large area, the bubble pops.
LEGGY MULTITASKERS The skinny legs of sea spiders (one shown from Antarctica) hold guts that digest food and help pump blood.