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  1. Animals

    How boa constrictors squeeze their prey without strangling themselves

    Tracking boas’ ribs in X-ray videos revealed the snakes’ squeezing secrets. It’s the latest Wild Things cartoon from Science News Explores.

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  2. Archaeology

    Rats can chronicle human history

    Rats have lived alongside people for thousands of years. Now, scientists can study the rats and their leavings to learn more about ourselves.

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  3. Fossils

    Ancient ‘ManBearPig’ mammal lived fast — and died young

    Developing in the womb for a while — but being born ready to take on the world — may have helped post-dinosaur mammals rise to dominance.

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  4. Health & Medicine

    Dogs and other animals could aid the spread of monkeypox

    Now that monkeypox has spread to a dog, researchers fear other species could help the virus become widespread outside of Africa for the first time.

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  5. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: What is monkeypox?

    Once rare, the viral disease monkeypox exploded onto the global scene for the first time in 2022.

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  6. Animals

    News stories about spiders are unfairly negative

    Nearly half of news stories about people-spider encounters contain errors, according to a new study. And those falsehoods tend to have a negative spin.

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  7. Animals

    Sea sponges spew slow-motion snot rockets to clear out their pores

    Sea sponges rely on a sneezing technique to clear their pores. The mucus flushes out debris — and provides a snack for other marine life.

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  8. Animals

    Whale sharks may be the world’s largest omnivores

    Chemical clues in the sharks’ skin show that the animals eat and digest algae.

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  9. Animals

    When bees are away, moths come out to pollinate

    Camera footage reveals that moths make roughly a third of the visits to red clover, working under the cover of night.

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