Animals

  1. yellow and black sail swallowtail butterfly on a pink flower
    Animals

    Butterflies may lose their ‘tails’ like lizards

    Fragile, tail-like projections on some butterflies' wings may be a lifesaver.

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  2. two female ring-tailed lemurs with their young
    Life

    Lucy Cooke’s new book ‘Bitch’ busts myths about female animals

    Female animals get their due in Lucy Cooke’s exploration of the roles of the sexes in biology and evolution.

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  3. Dozens of mosquitoes in a pooter, a clear tube-shaped device
    Animals

    Mosquitoes prefer dozing over dining when they are sleep-deprived

    Mosquitoes repeatedly shaken to prevent slumber lag behind well-rested ones when offered a researcher’s leg to feed on, new experiments show.

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  4. Illustration of the ancient beaverlike mammal Kimbetopsalis simmonsae
    Paleontology

    How mammals took over the world

    In the book The Rise and Reign of the Mammals, paleontologist Steve Brusatte tracks the evolutionary innovations that made mammals so successful.

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  5. a dog wearing a harness that says "POLICE - K9, U.A.E, Ajman-K9" breathing into a metal cone
    Health & Medicine

    Trained dogs sniff out COVID-19 as well as lab tests do

    Dogs can be trained to sniff out COVID-19 cases. They’re overall as reliable as PCR tests and even better at IDing asymptomatic cases, a study suggests.

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  6. a wood frog on wet forest ground
    Animals

    An ‘acoustic camera’ shows joining the right boy band boosts a frog’s sex appeal

    Serenading with like voices may help male wood frogs woo females into their pools, analysis of individual voices in a frog choir shows.

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  7. an Anna's hummingbird flying near a flower
    Life

    High altitudes may be a climate refuge for some birds, but not these hummingbirds

    After being moved to a spot high above their typical home, Anna’s hummingbirds seemed to struggle to hover in the thin air.

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  8. A wandering salamander crawling on wood
    Animals

    ‘Wandering’ salamanders glide like skydivers from the world’s tallest trees

    Using their legs and tail, these amphibians have impressive control over their daring dives from coast redwood canopies.

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  9. underwater image of an Indo-Pacific bottlenosed dolphin rubbing on coral on the seafloor
    Animals

    These dolphins may turn to corals for skin care

    For Indo-Pacific bottlenosed dolphins, rubbing against corals and sea sponges that contain antibacterial compounds could help keep skin healthy.

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  10. Two monkeys standing on a tree branch; a juvenile monkey is being groomed by a female silvered-leaf monkey
    Animals

    A ‘mystery monkey’ in Borneo may be a rare hybrid. That has scientists worried

    Severe habitat fragmentation caused by expanding palm oil plantations may have driven two primate species to mate that wouldn’t have otherwise.

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  11. a bird nest between skinny tree branches
    Physics

    Experiments hint at why bird nests are so sturdy

    A bird’s nest is a special version of a granular material. Lab experiments and computer simulations explain its quirky behavior.

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  12. Marmoset carrying two babies on its back
    Animals

    Baby marmosets may practice their first distinctive cries in the womb

    Ultrasounds tracking fetal mouth movements in baby marmosets pinpoint the early development of the motor skills needed for vocalization.

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