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  1. jaw bone
    Animals

    A tooth fossil shows Gigantopithecus’ close ties to modern orangutans

    Proteins from the past help clarify how an ancient Asian ape that was larger than a full-grown, modern male gorilla evolved.

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  2. filefish
    Earth

    Plastics outnumber baby fish 7-to-1 in some coastal nurseries

    Ocean slicks serve as calm, food-rich nurseries for larval fish. A new study shows that slicks also accumulate plastics, which get eaten by baby fish.

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  3. Florida carpenter ants
    Animals

    Flipping a molecular switch can turn warrior ants into foragers

    Toggling one protein soon after hatching makes Florida carpenter ants turn from fighting to hunting for food.

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  4. honeybee
    Animals

    Power lines may mess with honeybees’ behavior and ability to learn

    Under power lines, honeybees might suffer neurological effects from exposure to electromagnetic fields.

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  5. silver-backed chevrotain
    Animals

    Silver-backed chevrotains have been ‘rediscovered’ by science after 29 years

    With help from Vietnamese villagers, researchers captured photos of a species of deerlike ungulate thought lost to science nearly three decades ago.

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  6. Athena the elephant
    Animals

    Apple TV+’s ‘The Elephant Queen’ shies away from hard truths

    The Elephant Queen offers an intimate look into the lives of elephants, but the documentary largely avoids threats the animals face.

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  7. vampire bats
    Life

    Vampire bat friendships endure from captivity to the wild

    Vampire bats can form social bonds that persist from a lab setting to the outdoors, suggesting the cooperative relationships are like friendships.

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  8. lawn wolf spider
    Animals

    Spider webs don’t rot easily and scientists may have figured out why

    Spider silk doesn’t rot quickly because bacteria can’t access its nitrogen, a nutrient needed for the microbes’ growth, scientists say.

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  9. Saharan silver ant
    Life

    Saharan silver ants are the world’s fastest despite relatively short legs

    Saharan silver ants can hit speeds of 108 times their body length per second.

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