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Abby Olena | Jan 16, 2014
Researchers show that scorpion venom toxins are closely related to defensive proteins from venomous insects.
Really Bad Breath
Abby Olena | Jan 3, 2014
Tobacco hornworms release puffs of nicotine that deter some predators.
Tracy Vence | Nov 17, 2013
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Selling an Anthrax Scare?
Kate Yandell | May 21, 2013
A US government advisor warned officials of the dangers of antibiotic-resistant anthrax while profiting from antitoxin sales.
The Sea Hare’s Chemical Attack
Kate Yandell | Mar 29, 2013
The slug-like marine animals squirt a substance at lobsters that makes the predators lose their ability to smell.
Insect Wing Kills Bacteria
Jef Akst | Mar 6, 2013
The nanoscale structure of a clanger cicada’s wings destroys threatening microbes on contact.
Sharks Glow to Frighten Predators
Kate Yandell | Feb 21, 2013
Bioluminescent arcs on a deep-sea lantern shark’s dorsal side highlight its spines.
Awarding Science Defense
Beth Marie Mole | Nov 9, 2012
A psychiatrist and a science writer win the first John Maddox Prize for promoting science despite opposition.
Defense Facility Still Too Risky
Hayley Dunning | Jun 18, 2012
A second risk assessment of a proposed bio-defense laboratory shows major improvement, but still has serious flaws, according to an independent review panel.
Boozing for Better Health
Megan Scudellari | Feb 16, 2012
Fruit flies consume alcohol to kill off parasites.