Animals

  1. Animals

    This bird nest becomes a ‘fortress’ using antibird spikes

    The spikes were meant to keep birds away. But five nests found in Europe may use the bird deterrents for structure and to scare off predators.

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  2. Tech

    Horses are inspiring this roboticist to build trustworthy robots

    Computer scientist Eakta Jain is looking at human-horse interactions for ideas about how to design robots that work well with people.

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  3. Oceans

    How would a mermaid sound underwater?

    Human ears don’t work well in the water. A mermaid would need marine creature features to talk to and understand her aquatic friends.

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  4. Fossils

    This bizarre ancient predator snagged soft prey

    Scientists are rethinking how this extinct creature used the spiky limbs sticking out of its face to hunt.

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  5. Animals

    Bottlenose dolphin moms baby talk when their calves are near

    Around their babies, bottlenose dolphin moms whistle with higher pitches. It’s similar to human parents speaking in baby talk.

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  6. Animals

    Explainer: What is metamorphosis?

    Insects, amphibians and some fish undergo metamorphosis. But they’re not the only ones.

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  7. Animals

    Megalodons may have become megahunters by running hot

    O. megalodon sharks were warm-blooded mega-predators. But when food sources dwindled, colder-blooded sharks may have had an evolutionary edge.

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  8. Ecosystems

    Scientists Say: Predator and Prey

    Ecological relationships between predators and their prey drive the evolution of plants, animals and microbes.

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  9. Animals

    Northern elephant seals snooze only two hours a day at sea

    These marine mammals sleep only minutes at a time on months-long trips at sea.

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  10. Animals

    Explainer: What is animal domestication?

    The difference between a dog and a wolf isn’t looks or genes or even behavior. It’s the relationship these animals have with people.

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  11. Animals

    Scientists Say: Coral

    Over 4,000 species of fish make their home among the reefs created by these colony-dwelling marine animals.

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  12. Fossils

    T. rex may have hidden its teeth behind lips

    Dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus have long been portrayed with their big teeth bared. But new research suggests this wasn’t so.

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