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How Corpse-Eating Beetles Avoid Infection

By Yao-Hua Law | June 1, 2018

Some beetle species may have evolved to tunnel into the ground to escape the pathogens that abound on dead and rotting animals.

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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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Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.

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Sex and Drugs

By Kerry Grens | July 1, 2014

Did 20th-century pharmaceutical and technological advances shape modern sexual behaviors?

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The Love Bug

By Jef Akst | July 1, 2014

A mysterious iridovirus outbreak in a lab colony of crickets reveals the virus’s ability to spur increased sexual activity.

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Farmer Fungi

By Abby Olena | January 1, 2014

Researchers uncover an unprecedented relationship between morels and bacteria. But can it be called agriculture?

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Good Vibrations

By Cristina Luiggi | September 1, 2012

Researchers are learning how species from across the animal kingdom use seismic signals to mate, hunt, solve territorial disputes, and much more.

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From Squeaks to Song

By Hannah Waters | May 1, 2012

House mice sing melodies out of the range of human hearing, and the crooning is impacting research from evolutionary biology to neuroscience.

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Octophilosophy

By Katherine Bagley | September 1, 2011

When it comes to studying cephalopod brains and behavior, it helps to have a philosopher around.

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To Pee or Not to Pee

By Richard P. Grant | September 1, 2011

Have researchers found the seat of urination control in a primitive brain region?

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