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Ants with caterpillar

BUILDING BODYGUARDS  Neglecting their colony tasks, ants hang around — and defend — a Narathura japonica caterpillar that oozes droplets spiked with substances that alter ant brain chemistry.

golden wolf and jackal

SEEING DOUBLE  Although they look alike, the African golden wolf (left) should be considered a separate species from the Eurasian golden jackal (right), scientists argue.

choanoflagellates, panda, mushroom

STRANGE RELATIONS  People, pandas, and even mushrooms perch as closer cousins to single-celled choanoflagellates than to other multicellular organisms. 

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