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buruli ulcer

FOREST CHANGE  Clearing forests and changing landscapes might affect how many people develop Buruli ulcer. The disease is caused by bacteria shown here (in red) in a section of otherwise healthy mouse tissue (in blue).

mountain goat

Mountain goats can climb cliffs that are inaccessible to most other creatures. They accomplish that feat with the help of big muscles in their neck and shoulders.

Pacific parrotlet in laser goggles

SAFETY FIRST To study the air flow produced when birds fly, scientists trained a Pacific parrotlet named Obi (above) to fly through laser light. To protect the bird’s eyes, custom-made laser goggles were a necessary precaution.

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