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  1. curling eel
    Life

    How electric eels put more zip in their zap

    With feisty prey, an electric eel curls its tail to intensify shocks and exhaust prey.

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  2. feeding orange bat
    Animals

    How to drink like a bat

    Some bats stick out their tongues and throbs carry nectar to their mouths.

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  3. prairie voles
    Animals

    What really changes when a male vole settles down

    Bachelor prairie voles can’t tell one female from another, but saying “I do” means more than just settling down.

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  4. spotted handfish
    Animals

    These fish would rather walk

    Slowpokes of the sea, frogfish and handfish creep along the ocean bottom.

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  5. Octopus
    Animals

    When octopuses dance beak to beak

    The larger Pacific striped octopus does sex, motherhood and shrimp pranks like nobody else.

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  6. Boa Snake
    Animals

    Boa suffocation is merely myth

    Boa constrictors don’t suffocate prey; they block blood flow, says a new study that shatters a common myth about the snakes.

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  7. yellow-skinned frog
    Animals

    First known venomous frogs stab with toxin-dripping lip spikes

    Two Brazilian frogs jab foes with venoms more deadly than pit vipers'.

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  8. juvenile seahorses
    Animals

    Toddler seahorses are bumbling and adorable

    Rice-grain-sized youngsters can’t yet get a grasp with their tails.

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  9. One of Beauveria bassiana's (a fungus) vicitims
    Life

    A downy killer wages chemical warfare

    The common fungus Beauveria bassiana makes white downy corpses of its victims.

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  10. Odontomachus brunneus ant
    Animals

    How a trap-jaw ant carries a baby

    Powerful jaws make the Odontomachus brunneus ant a skilled escape artist.

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  11. Vampire squid of hell
    Animals

    Vampire squid take mommy breaks

    The vampire squid again defies its sensationalist name with a life in the slow lane.

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  12. man holding coco-de-mer nut
    Plants

    How slow plants make ridiculous seeds

    Coco de mer palms scrimp, save and take not quite forever creating the world’s largest seeds.

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