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Spider silk is an impressive material; lightweight and stretchy yet stronger than steel. But the challenge that spiders face to produce this...
The eyes of deep-sea bioluminescent sharks have a higher rod density when compared to non-bioluminescent sharks, according to a study published...
Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the insect brain. Their study, of fruit...
For many animals, making sense of the clutter of sensory stimuli is often a matter or literal life or death. Exactly how animals separate objects of...
Dogs exhibit more jealous behaviors, like snapping or pushing their owner, when their owners displayed affectionate behaviors towards what appeared...
In Aesop's fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the...
Some, like dolphins or chimps, are sophisticated communicators. But do they have their own languages? It’s a question that misses the point. “Ever...
Their scruffy beards weren't ironic, but there are reasons mammoths and mastodons could have been the hipsters of the Ice Age. According to research...
Protecting the forest homes of orangutans is the most cost-effective way of boosting the great apes’ chances of survival in the long-run,...
Over a 150 years since it was first described by Darwin, scientists are finally uncovering the secrets behind the super strength of barnacle glue....

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