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image: Image of the Day: Colorful Butterfly-Bot

Image of the Day: Colorful Butterfly-Bot

By The Scientist Staff | April 5, 2018

Scientists engineered biomaterials similar to those chameleons use to change color and applied them to a robot.

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A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.

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Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.

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The artificially motorized cells may one day help fight cancers in the female reproductive tract.

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A controversial hypothesis suggests that jellyfish may one day rule the oceans, and Mola mola may tell us if we are approaching a tipping point.

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image: Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined

Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined

By Catherine Offord | March 22, 2018

Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.

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In an unusual evolutionary twist, local stick spiders have come up with an almost identical repertoire of color morphs in multiple locations.

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The elimination of the biting pests was an added bonus after researchers unleashed a rat-eradication endeavor on the tiny islands.  

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Poecilia formosa, an all-female fish species, has a surprisingly robust genome. 

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image: Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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