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Water bears can reanimate after years of desiccation—and gel-forming proteins unique to the animals may explain how.

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Microbes of the Human Tongue Form Organized Clusters

By | December 5, 2017

Bacteria on the tongue’s surface reside in clumps distinguished by genus, unlike the intermingled communities observed in other tissues.

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Cataloging Fungal Life in Antarctic Seas

By | December 1, 2017

Brazilian researchers report a relatively large diversity of fungi in marine ecosystems surrounding Antarctica, but warn that climate change could bring unpleasant surprises.

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Kung Fu Shrimp

By | December 1, 2017

Watch a mantis shrimp punch its prey into submission using its specialized hammers.

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

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher’s work will help predict how the Arctic is responding to climate change—and the global effects of those changes.

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image: Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception

Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception

By | December 1, 2017

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

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Whipping Boys

By | December 1, 2017

See whip spiders use their curious antenniform legs to spar in the lab.

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Infographic: The Hazards of Life on Mars

By | December 1, 2017

High levels of radiation, among other health risks, challenge the future colonation of the Red Planet.

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Search for Life on the Red Planet

By | December 1, 2017

Growing evidence points to a once-habitable world—and recent findings suggest that life could exist on Mars today.

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