It's Alive

  1. Animals

    When snakes fly

    A gliding snake gets some lift by spreading its ribs, but much about its flight remains a mystery.

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  2. Animals

    Sperm on a stick for springtails

    Many males of the tiny soil organisms sustain their species by leaving drops of sperm glistening here and there in the landscape in case a female chooses to pick one up.

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  3. Animals

    A corsage that bites

    The orchid mantis uses a flowery subterfuge to lure prey.

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  4. Life

    Fungal fight club

    Combat between fungal individuals is a bit like war between heaps of spaghetti.

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  5. Animals

    Pink armadillos ain’t your Texas critters

    It’s a real animal, the smallest armadillo species in the world. At about 100 grams, it would fit in your hands.

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  6. Animals

    The colorful lives of squid

    Your calamari, it turns out, may have come from a temporary transvestite with rainbows in its armpits.

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  7. Animals

    Vampire reality check

    A vampire bat drinks one meal a night, and missing just three nights in a row would probably kill the animal.

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  8. Plants

    Dastardly daisies

    This flower isn’t just any old sex cheat. It can be sexually deceptive three ways and in 3-D.

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  9. Animals

    Tiny creature, giant sperm

    Giant sperm appear in various other species, including some flatworms, beetles and a fruit fly species, Drosophila bifurca, with sperm nearly 6 centimeters long.

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    Animals

    The real vampire squid

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