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  1. A brown widow spider crawling along a garter snake trapped in its web against a white wall
    Animals

    Snake-eating spiders are surprisingly common

    Spiders from at least 11 families feed on serpents many times their size, employing a host of tactics to turn even venomous snakes into soup.

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  2. close-up of a jumping spider, with hairy legs, a hairy body, and four eyes
    Animals

    Jumping spiders’ remarkable senses capture a world beyond our perception

    Clever experiments and new technology are taking scientists deep into the lives of jumping spiders, and opening a portal to their experience of the world.

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  3. An ancient female spider and her egg sac trapped in amber
    Paleontology

    This is the oldest fossil evidence of spider moms taking care of their young

    A spider trapped in amber 99 million years ago guarded her eggs and may have helped raise her young.

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  4. image of a dust shell formed after the collision of two stars
    Astronomy

    For the first time, astronomers saw dust in space being pushed by starlight

    Images collected over 16 years reveal that dust expelled from a well-known binary star system is hurried on its way by light from those stars.

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  5. photo of a sea slug body next to its detached head
    Animals

    Here are 7 incredible things we learned this year that animals can do

    From wielding weapons to walking on the underside of water, these are the creature capabilities that most impressed us in 2021.

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  6. Looking back on science can refocus our attention

    Special projects editor Elizabeth Quill shares her thoughts on how the history of science can help us sharpen our focus on its future.

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  7. photo of the remains of an Inca child bundled in a textile and wearing a ceremonial headdress

    These are the most popular Science News stories of 2022

    Science News drew over 13 million visitors to our website this year. Here’s a recap of the most-read news stories and long reads of 2022.

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  8. An image of a rainbow tie dye background with two frogs, ants, fish and coral overlays.
    Animals

    The Sonoran Desert toad can alter your mind — it’s not the only animal

    Their psychedelic and other potentially mind-bending compounds didn't evolve to give people a trip.

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  9. European fire ants
    Life

    European fire ant chemicals may send spiders scurrying away

    Black widows and some other common spider species avoid spaces where fire ants once roamed, suggesting the insects could inspire a spider repellent.

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  10. Scallop in the ocean
    Animals

    Ed Yong’s ‘An Immense World’ reveals how animals perceive the world

    The book showcases the diverse sensory abilities of other animals and how their view of the world is different from our own.

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  11. mall Steatoda spider hoisting a lizard
    Animals

    How a tiny spider uses silk to lift prey 50 times its own weight

    Dropping the right silk can haul mice, lizards and other giants up off the ground.

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  12. golden tortoise beetle on a leaf
    Animals

    Mirror beetles’ shiny bodies may not act as camouflage after all

    Hundreds of handmade clay nubbins test the notion that a beetle’s metallic high gloss could confound predators. Birds pecked the lovely idea to death.

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