Life

  1. Animals

    Many fish run on empty

    Many fish eat all the time, while some others spend their days going from brief feast to lengthy famine.

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  2. Animals

    Singing frog in China evokes whales, primates

    A frog in China warbles and flutes with such versatility that its high-pitched calls sound like those of birds or whales.

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  3. Ecosystems

    No Way to Make Soup—Thirty-two tons of contraband shark fins seized on the high seas

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  4. Animals

    Ant Enforcers: To call in punishment, top ant smears rival

    In Brazilian ant colonies where a female has to fight her way to the top, she stays in power through some judicious gang violence.

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  5. Animals

    Blame winter for the vanishing sparrows

    Changes in winter farming practices may help explain a puzzling drop in number of rural house sparrows in southern England.

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  6. Animals

    Getting a Grip: How gecko toes stick

    Scientists have pinned down the molecular basis of the gecko's astonishing ability to scamper up polished walls and hang from ceilings, paving the way for a new type of synthetic dry adhesive.

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  7. Plants

    Time Capsules: Seeds sprout 120 years after going underground

    An experiment designed by a botany professor to last longer than his own life has demonstrated that seeds of two common flowers still sprout and blossom despite more than a century in a bottle.

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  8. Animals

    New frog-killing disease may not be so new

    The skin disease that savaged amphibians in remote wildernesses in the 1990s has been linked to outbreaks in the 1970s.

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  9. Animals

    What’s the Mane Point? Foes and females both have role

    The condition of a lion's mane apparently advertises high-quality mates to picky females and wards off male adversaries.

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  10. Ecosystems

    Plants hitch rides with box turtles

    In the pine rocklands of southern Florida, at least nine plant species find new homes by traveling through a turtle's gut.

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  11. Plants

    Sunflower genes don’t fit pattern

    Comparison between crop and wild sunflower genes suggests that the plant followed an easy route to domestication.

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  12. Animals

    Male butterflies are driven to drink

    Monarch butterflies that winter in California, especially males that had a demanding day, search out dewdrops as a water source.

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