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fruit flies

RED FLAG A new genetic technology called gene drives may be easily thwarted, experiments with fruit flies suggest. The red flies shown here inherited a gene drive carrying a red fluorescent protein.

airplane takeoff

TAKEOFF TROUBLE Rising temperatures mean more planes will have to lose weight to take off, studies suggest.

humpback whale

BIG GULP  Crowded prey makes humpback whale feeding (shown here in the open sea) worth the effort — and helps explain a whale innovation: going out to dinner at fish hatcheries.

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