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a giant clam

JUST THE FRILLS  Showy blue and green frills are the only visible parts of a kind of giant clam that traps itself for life inside the rocky mass of a reef by a process that’s been misunderstood for decades.

SOCIAL EPIDEMIC  In a new Smithsonian exhibit, activist signs and buttons from the AIDS epidemic highlight some of the social consequences of infectious disease outbreaks.

African pouch rat

SENSITIVE SCHNOZ  African giant pouched rats are trained to sniff sputum in the lab and pause at TB-infected samples.

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