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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. bird eggs
    Life

    Bird eggs laid in cold climates are darker, which may keep eggs warm

    A global survey of bird egg color reveals a simple trend: the colder the climate, the darker the egg.

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  4. Congolese giant toads
    Animals

    Congolese giant toads may mimic venomous snakes to trick predators

    If Congolese giant toads mimic venomous Gaboon vipers, it would be the first reported case of a toad imitating a snake.

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  5. mammal skulls
    Life

    Remarkable fossils capture mammals’ recovery after the dino-killing asteroid

    A fossil-rich site in Colorado is revealing how mammals rebounded and flourished after an asteroid strike 66 million years ago.

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  6. Piranha skull scan
    Life

    Piranhas and their plant-eating relatives, pacus, replace rows of teeth all at once

    Piranhas and pacus both lose and replace all teeth on one side of their mouths in one go, which may help to distribute wear and tear.

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  7. aye-aye
    Life

    Aye-ayes just got weirder with the discovery of a tiny, sixth ‘finger’

    Aye-ayes have a sixth “finger,” or pseudothumb, that may compensate for other, overspecialized fingers by helping the lemurs grip things.

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  8. white bellbird
    Animals

    White bellbirds have the loudest known mating call of any bird

    White bellbirds have the loudest mating call, according to scientists who compared the songs of bellbirds and screaming pihas in the Brazilian Amazon.

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  9. turtle embryo
    Life

    A peek inside a turtle embryo wins the Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition highlights the wonders to be found when scientists and photographers zoom in on the world around us.

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