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TINY BEAST  A new species of tardigrade, Mopsechiniscus franciscae, found in Antarctica moss has eight legs and is less than half a millimeter long.

  • Animals

  • Plants

    
    Wild Things

    Island life prompts evolution of larger plant seeds

    In 40 species of plants, the island versions of seeds were larger than mainland counterparts, perhaps to keep the seeds from being lost at sea.

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    Wild Things

    South American vine is a masterful mimic

    The vine Boquila trifoliolata changes the shape of its leaves to match its host and avoid getting eaten.

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  • Microbes

    
    Science Ticker

    The most personal data on your phone is your microbiome

    Phones carry more than your contacts and messages. They’ve got your microbiome too.

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    Science Ticker

    Irish potato famine microbe traced to Mexico

    The pathogen that triggered the Irish potato famine in the 1840s originated in central Mexico, not the Andes, as some studies had suggested.

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  • Fungi

    Feature

    The name of the fungus

    A rebellion has broken out against the traditional way of naming species in the peculiar, shape-shifting world of fungi.
  • Conservation

    
    Wild Things

    Cheetahs, but not wild dogs, manage to live with lions

    One conservation tenet says that cheetahs can’t survive when lions are around, but it’s wild dogs that disappeared in one lion-dense area of the Serengeti.

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  • Evolution

  • Ecology

    Reviews & Previews

    Do your bit for bumblebees

    The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and its partners have launched the Bumble Bee Watch website to track sightings. When you see a bee bumbling around, snap a photo.
  • Paleontology

  • Biophysics

    
    Science Ticker

    Bacteria’s tail spins make water droplets swirl

    When bacteria band together, they can turn a fairly tame drop of water into a swirling vortex.

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  • Other

    
    Deleted Scenes

    The Sopranos with feathers

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