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War Dance of the Honeybee

By Karl Gruber | February 1, 2018

One species has developed a novel waggle to warn about invading wasps.

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Australian Magpie-Lark Duet

By The Scientist Staff | December 1, 2017

The birds sing together to help defend their territory.

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A New Species of Gecko Defensively Sheds Its Scales

By Diana Kwon | February 9, 2017

Geckolepis megalepis escapes its predators by rapidly detaching its fish-like scales.

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Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins

By Geoffrey Giller | November 4, 2015

Monarch and queen caterpillars store toxic compounds from their milkweed diet to ward off predators into adulthood, a new study suggests.

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Opinion: Biodefense Innovation Needed

By Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge | October 28, 2015

To protect against biological threats, federal agencies and other key stakeholders should commit to a strategic, unified approach.

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Beetle Bomb

By Jenny Rood | May 1, 2015

High-speed X-ray video reveals how bombardier beetles control their toxic sprays.

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Distracting Tails

By Jenny Rood | February 17, 2015

Luna moths use their long tails to throw bats off their trail.

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SAIC Founder Dies

By Kerry Grens | December 30, 2014

J. Robert Beyster, who established one of the largest research and engineering firms, passed away at age 90.

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Toxin Evolution

By Abby Olena | January 16, 2014

Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.

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Really Bad Breath

By Abby Olena | January 3, 2014

Tobacco hornworms release puffs of nicotine that deter some predators.

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