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ocellated lizard

SPECKLED SKIN  The green and black spots on the back of an ocellated lizard are arranged according to the rules of a cellular automaton, a concept from computer science. Scales flip colors depending on the colors of their neighbors.

dog breeds

With a new dataset, man digs into the genetic history of his best friend.

dolphin flinging an octopus

Eating octopus can be dangerous. Some dolphins in Australia, though, have figured out how to do this safely — by shaking or tossing their prey over and over until it goes limp and the sucker-covered arms are relaxed and safe to eat.

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