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Pacific parrotlet in laser goggles

SAFETY FIRST To study the air flow produced when birds fly, scientists trained a Pacific parrotlet named Obi (above) to fly through laser light. To protect the bird’s eyes, custom-made laser goggles were a necessary precaution.

Manogea spider

SPIDER DAD OF THE YEAR  The small Manogea males buck the trend among spiderkind, giving up their solitary ways to stay near their offspring and fight off attackers.

animal skeletons

GUT CHECK Using 3-D scans of mounted skeletons, scientists measured the body cavities of 126 animal species, including herbivores such as sloths, elephants and stegosaurus as well as carnivores such as lions, otters and T. rex.

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