Animals

  1. fire ants building syphons
    Animals

    Fire ants build little syphons out of sand to feed without drowning

    To escape a watery death, some fire ants use build sand structures that draw the insects’ sugary, liquid food out of containers and to a safer place.

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  2. Hainan gibbon on a rope bridge
    Animals

    A rope bridge restored a highway through the trees for endangered gibbons

    When critically endangered Hainan gibbons started making dangerous leaps across a new gully, researchers came up with an alternative route.

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  3. tardigrade glowing blue
    Animals

    Glowing blue helps shield this tardigrade from harmful ultraviolet light

    Tardigrades have a newly discovered trick up their sleeve: fluorescence.

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  4. Torquigener albomaculosus
    Animals

    Pufferfish may be carving mysterious ‘crop circles’ near Australia

    In 2011, scientists discovered that tiny pufferfish were sculpting Japan’s underwater “mystery circles.” Now, more circles have emerged in Australia.

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  5. Rose-breasted grosbreak male on one side and female on other
    Animals

    This rare bird is male on one side and female on the other

    Researchers at Powdermill Nature Reserve near Pittsburgh spotted a bird with pink male coloring on half of its body and yellow female hues on the other.

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  6. dog looking at human
    Neuroscience

    Your dog’s brain doesn’t care about your face

    Comparing brain scans of people and pups shows that faces hold no special meaning to the brains of dogs, a new study suggests.

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  7. Megalodon shark illustration
    Paleontology

    Cannibalism in the womb may have helped megalodon sharks become giants

    The ancient sea terror Otodus megalodon may have grown to at least 14 meters long thanks to a firstborn pup’s predatory behavior, some researchers say.

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  8. small-banded kukri snake tearing open toad stomach
    Animals

    This snake rips a hole in living toads’ stomachs to feast on their organs

    A particularly gruesome way to kill may help small-banded kukri snakes avoid toxins secreted from the neck and backs of some toads.

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  9. Asian giant hornet
    Life

    A new map shows where Asian giant hornets could thrive in the U.S.

    Suitable habitat along the Pacific West Coast means so-called “murder hornets” could get a foothold in North America if they aren’t eradicated.

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  10. blue whale
    Life

    Before migrating, some blue whales switch up the timing of their songs

    Pacific blue whales change the daily timing of their songs ahead of migration, helping scientists better anticipate these massive animals’ movements.

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  11. Cuvier's beaked whales
    Animals

    A beaked whale’s nearly four-hour-long dive sets a new record

    The animals may rely on large stores of oxygen, a slow metabolism and the ability to tolerate lactic acid to go for hours without surfacing for air.

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  12. Ancient ostracod species mating
    Animals

    A tiny crustacean fossil contains roughly 100-million-year-old giant sperm

    Giant sperm preserved in an ancient ostracod may be the oldest known sperm fossil, showing that giant sperm have existed at least 100 million years.

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