This week in science

Zhurong Mars selfie and more: Understand the world through 10 images

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The Zhurong Mars rover sent home vacation pictures while NASA astronauts made renovations on the ISS and health news was in the spotlight back on Earth, all during the week of June 10–16.

Here are the biggest science stories of the week, told in 10 amazing images.

China National Space Administration

10. Galactic gale

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

June 16

Researchers in Japan observed galactic wind generated by a supermassive black hole 13.1 billion years ago. Galactic wind influences the development of galaxies, and this discovery is the earliest sign of galactic wind to date.

ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

9. Sun on Earth

ITER / General Atomics

June 15

General Atomics prepared to ship the world’s most powerful magnet to the ITER project after its 10-year development. It will help run a machine (referred to as a “Sun on Earth”) built to test industrial hydrogen fusion as a viable global energy source.

ITER / General Atomics

June 15

Scientists with the Ice Memory project extracted ice cores, three shallow and two deep, from Monte Rosa in the Alps. The cores will be stored in Antarctica, preserving information about the environment from 10,000 years ago for future research.

Riccardo Selvatico (CNR/Ca' Foscari University of Venice)

June 15

Researchers at Washington University discovered the neurons that control the sneeze reflex in mice. They say the discovery could lead to treatments for pathological sneezing or ways to slow the spread of respiratory infections.

Liu Lab at Washington University School of Medicine

6. Home-grown kidneys

Zipeng Zeng/Li Lab

June 15

University of Southern California researchers generated kidney organoids in a lab, which could be used to create functioning artificial kidneys in the future.

Zipeng Zeng/Li Lab

5. How’s the view?

NASA

June 15

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet performed a 6.5-hour spacewalk outside the ISS to install the new IROSA solar array.

Thomas Pesquet

4. New vaccine on the block

June 14

Clinical trials in the U.S. showed the new Novavax vaccine is effective in preventing Covid-19 symptoms, with similar side effects to vaccines currently in use.

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June 14

Researchers in Brazil discovered that long Covid-19 hospital stays make patients susceptible to a new “super-fungus” infection, which quickly developed drug resistance. The researchers point to a need for improved hygiene and monitoring to prevent new infections from springing up.

João Nóbrega Almeida Júnior/UNIFESP

June 11

China’s Zhurong Mars rover used a remote camera to snap a selfie with its landing platform near its landing site. Zhurong made history in May as the first rover not made by the U.S. to successfully operate on Mars.

China National Space Administration

1. It’s called fashion

Jenna Dittmar

June 10

Researchers in the U.K. found evidence that a fashion craze for pointed shoes led to a wave of bunions in medieval Britain. Constrictive shoes like high heels are still the main cause of bunions today.

Jenna Dittmar

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