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The dolphins and their trainers will search for the endangered porpoises and enclose them in a protected pen.

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How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes

By | October 6, 2017

Studies suggest not all critters fare well in extreme weather, though some thrive.

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Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac

By | October 1, 2017

Female plant bugs produce a compound to counter males’ attempts to render the females unattractive to other mates.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By | October 1, 2017

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Watch This Biofilm

By | October 1, 2017

Researchers encoded moving images in DNA within living cells.

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Book Excerpt from Rise of the Necrofauna

By | October 1, 2017

In chapter 4, “Why Recreate the Woolly Mammoth?” author Britt Wray explores the social consequences of bringing an iconic species back from extinction.

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Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami

By | September 28, 2017

Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.

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Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans

By | September 27, 2017

The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.

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The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf

By | September 22, 2017

In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.

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Researchers recommend greater conservation efforts toward non-mammals and small creatures.

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