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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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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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Fast-Tracking Sexual Maturation

By | November 1, 2017

The brains and bodies of young female rats can be accelerated into puberty by the presence of an older male or by stimulation of the genitals.

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Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia

By | November 1, 2017

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

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image: Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects

Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects

By | October 18, 2017

A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 

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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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image: Insect Deploys Anti-Antiaphrodisiac

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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