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  1. black and white image of a Paratuposa placentis beetle
    Animals

    These tiny beetles fly fast thanks to wing bristles and a weird, wide stroke

    Minuscule featherwing beetles have evolved a unique way of flying that lets them match the speed of beetles three times as big.

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  2. photo of Kristine Bohmann using a vacuum to collect air samples near a sloth hanging from a tree
    Animals

    Scientists vacuumed animal DNA out of thin air for the first time

    The ability to sniff out animals’ airborne genetic material has been on researchers’ wish list for over a decade.

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  3. fossilized skeletons of four kungas lying side by side
    Animals

    Part donkey, part wild ass, the kunga is the oldest known hybrid bred by humans

    Syria’s 4,500-year-old kungas were donkey-wild ass hybrids, genetic analysis reveals, so the earliest known example of humans crossing animal species.

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  4. image of three Jonah’s icefish around two circular nests
    Animals

    The largest group of nesting fish ever found lives beneath Antarctic ice

    Researchers stumbled upon a fish breeding colony of unprecedented size, spanning a territory slightly larger than Baltimore.

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  5. a dolphin looking at the camera
    Animals

    Female dolphins have a clitoris much like humans’

    The similarities suggest female dolphins experience sexual pleasure, which may explain why the species is so randy all the time.

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  6. A goldfish in a clear tank that is attached to wheels
    Animals

    Here’s what goldfish driving ‘cars’ tell us about navigation

    When measuring intelligence, the saying goes, don’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree. But what about its ability to drive a vehicle?

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  7. a European hedgehog next to a mossy plant
    Microbes

    Drug-resistant bacteria evolved on hedgehogs long before the use of antibiotics

    A standoff between bacteria and antibiotic-producing fungi living on hedgehogs may have led to the rise of one type of MRSA some 200 years ago.

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  8. A Misonne’s spider geckos standing on sandy ground
    Animals

    Here’s how spider geckos survive on Earth’s hottest landscape

    An analysis of the stomach contents of Misonne’s spider geckos shows there are more critters in the heart of Iran’s Lut Desert than meets the eye.

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  9. a long, skinny millipede curled around a few times
    Animals

    A 1,306-legged millipede is the first to live up to its name

    Scientists have discovered the first true millipede, an elongated, threadlike creature with a whopping 1,306 legs.

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