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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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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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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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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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Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia

By Steve Graff | November 1, 2017

These insect transplants have the potential to wreak economic havoc by outcompeting native insects and destroying crops.

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Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.

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Bees Live the City Life in Detroit

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

Important pollinators under threat from habitat destruction, bumblebees may find refuge on vacant land throughout Michigan’s largest metropolis.

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