Caught on Camera

See some of the coolest images recently featured by The Scientist

The Scientist Staff
Jun 13, 2022
Trichaptum abietinum growing on a pine log
NON-BINARY FUNGUS: Researchers recently determined that this mushroom, Trichaptum abietinum, may have more than 17,000 sexes. Posted: April 20, 2022
DABAO SUN 
Fonticula alba colony
CANCER-MIMICKING SLIME: The slime mold Fonticula alba can infiltrate bacterial cells similarly to how cancer cells invade healthy tissue, according to recent research. Posted: April 4, 2022
MARKO KAKSONEN
Philoponella prominens spiders mating
POST-COITUS SPIDERPULT: Male Philoponella prominens spiders launch away from their female partners after sex to avoid becoming a post-mating snack. Posted: April 25, 2022
SHICHANG ZHANG
A biofilm (fuzzy blue) containing Toxoplasma gondii (bright blue) and Giardia enterica (bright green) on a microplastic fiber (pink)
PLASTICS AND PARASITES: A recent study showed that microplastics can ferry pathogens in seawater. Shown here, a biofilm (teal) containing Toxoplasma gondii (bright blue) and Giardia enterica (bright green) clings to a microplastic fiber (rod). Posted: April 26, 2022
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Rat pups generated by injecting lab-grown sperm into rat oocytes
MIRACLE PUPS: These rat pups were generated by injecting lab-grown sperm into rat oocytes, the first time functional sperm created from embryonic stem cells produced viable offspring in a species other than mice. Posted: April 7, 2022
TOSHIHIRO KOBAYASHI, PH.D., IMSUT/NIPS
Photomicrograph of a cell coculture with a prometastatic cancer PAME cell (purple) and an induced migratory PIM cell (green)
LAST DITCH EFFORT: Scientists recently reported that cancer cells, such as these post-apoptotic prometastatic cells (purple), can induce neighboring cells (green), to migrate together from primary tumors to other parts of the body when they are near death. Posted: March 25, 2022
ARIEL RUIZ I ALTABA

This article was featured in June 2022, Issue 2 of the digest