In the April 1 SN: Digital tech on the brain, cancer’s sweet spell, elephant sleep stats, ancient stardust spotted, a hydrothermal cradle of life, nutrition in a changing climate, nesting-doll parasitism, a neutrino trio and more.
STOMATA SUPERSTARS Scientists have gained new insight into why grasses like Brachypodium distachyon have extra-efficient stomata, adjustable pores on leaves that help regulate the exchange of water and gases between a leaf and the outside world.
Samuel Hazen/Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst
MOUSE SEE, MOUSE ITCH Like people, mice experience sudden itches after seeing other mice scratch — a boon for studying the neuroscience of contagious behaviors.
Diana Bautista/UC Berkeley
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