In the June 24 SN: Unlikely worlds around dim red stars, bacteria to the rescue, flamingos’ balancing act, Jupiter up close, hominid origins revisited, spacetime shakes again, ladybug wing origami 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
PRETTY LITTLE KILLER Springtime for parasitoids in the southeastern United States means a female Euderus set wasp (one shown) searches oak stems for victims hidden inside.
S.P. Egan et al/ZooKeys 2017
DETOX Rice plants can convert arsenic to a different form in their roots to push the toxic element back into the soil.