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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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Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago has hosted decades of research in cognition, primatology, immunization, and other areas.

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What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal Learning

By Katarina Zimmer | January 1, 2018

New research shows humans aren’t that different from our winged cousins.

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The whip spider senses the world in weird and wonderful ways.

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Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception

By Shawna Williams | December 1, 2017

Magpie-larks trick rivals with solo “duets” to defend territory.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct

By Becca Cudmore | July 17, 2017

Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?

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Uncovering the Secrets of a Successful Pest

By Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017

The green peach aphid can colonize new host plants with ease through rapid changes in gene expression.

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Music Tailored to Animals’ Tastes

By Kerry Grens | March 1, 2017

The evidence is equivocal on whether animals dig human songs, so scientists set out to make music that mimics their soundscapes.

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Researchers Track Eels on Their Cross-Atlantic Migration

By Catherine Offord | January 1, 2017

A mysterious migration is coming to light after more than a century of study.

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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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