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What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.

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image: Image of the Day: Landing Blows

Image of the Day: Landing Blows

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 18, 2018

The smashing mantis shrimp is strategic in its attack on sea snails.  

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image: Image of the Day: Bend and Stretch

Image of the Day: Bend and Stretch

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 15, 2018

Circuits made from a novel material are more flexible than ever before.  

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image: Image of the Day: Ear Candy

Image of the Day: Ear Candy

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 14, 2018

Scientists recorded three different types of narwhal sounds in East Greenland.  

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image: Image of the Day: Distress Signal

Image of the Day: Distress Signal

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 13, 2018

Dolphins and pilot whales can tell which orcas are coming for them by listening to their calls.  

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image: Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly

Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly

By Catherine Offord | June 12, 2018

Although more evidence is needed to pin down a cause, researchers suspect that climate change is to blame.

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image: Image of the Day: Memory Jogger

Image of the Day: Memory Jogger

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

Scientists can livestream how the mouse brain’s hippocampus maps the physical world and accesses those memories.  

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image: Image of the Day: Hirsute and How

Image of the Day: Hirsute and How

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 

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image: Image of the Day: Older and Wiser

Image of the Day: Older and Wiser

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 8, 2018

As the years go by, seabirds such as gannets get better at foraging.  

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image: Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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