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Angie

APE ME  Low-ranking chimpanzees in a captive colony, represented here by a female named Angie, were more successful at spreading a trained, rewarding behavior to other group members than alpha males were, a new study shows. The finding points to the complexity of chimps’ social lives.

Birgus latro

SOUTHPAW STRENGTH  Birgus latro, the largest known crab species on land, scavenges with a mighty left claw strong enough to crack a coconut.

plants

DETOX  Rice plants can convert arsenic to a different form in their roots to push the toxic element back into the soil.

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