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  1. a marine parchment tube worm glows blue against a black background
    Chemistry

    Here’s a clue to how this tube worm’s slime can glow blue for days

    Mucus oozed by a marine tube worm can glow for up to 72 hours. New results suggest that the light may sustain itself through some clever chemistry.

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  2. Ecosystems

    Tapirs may be key to reviving the Amazon. All they need to do is poop

    Brazilian ecologist Lucas Paolucci is collecting tapir dung to understand how the piglike mammals may help restore degraded rain forests.

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  3. Mnemiopsis ledyi
    Animals

    Some comb jellies cannibalize their young when food is scarce

    Invasive warty comb jellies feast on their larvae after massive population booms in the summer deplete their prey from waters off of Germany.

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  4. Asian small-clawed otter
    Life

    Why otters ‘juggle’ rocks is still a mystery

    Shuffling pebbles really fast looks as if it should boost otters’ dexterity, but a new study didn’t find a link.

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  5. Male pug-nosed tree frog
    Animals

    Pug-nosed tree frogs use an auditory trick to evade predators and woo mates

    A new study finds that some tree frogs exploit what’s known as the precedence effect to get females attention safely.

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  6. Elephants
    Animals

    Why mammals like elephants and armadillos might get drunk easily

    Differences in a gene for breaking down alcohol could help explain which mammals get tipsy.

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  7. hero shrew
    Animals

    Here’s why a hero shrew has the sturdiest spine of any mammal

    The hero shrew’s rigid backbone is among the weirdest mammal spines, its incredible strength aided by fortified vertebrae bones.

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  8. Microscopic springtail
    Animals

    Earthy funk lures tiny creatures to eat and spread bacterial spores

    Genes that cue spore growth also kick up a scent that draws in springtails.

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  9. water strider
    Animals

    The ‘insect apocalypse’ is more complicated than it sounds

    Freshwater arthropods trended upward, while terrestrial ones declined. But the study’s decades of data are spotty.

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