Animals

  1. Animals

    Losing some genes may explain how vampire bats can live on blood

    Loss of 13 genes active in other bats could support the vampires’ blood-eating strategies and adaptations.

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  2. Animals

    Infected caterpillars become zombies that climb to their deaths

    By tampering with genes involved in vision, a virus can send caterpillars on a doomed quest for sunlight.

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  3. Animals

    Scientists Say: Migration

    Migration involves the movement of animals or people from one place to another.

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  4. Animals

    The scent of queen ‘murder hornets’ can lure males into traps

    Traps baited with compounds found in the mating pheromone of hornet queens attracted thousands of males.

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  5. Animals

    Surprise! Sixteen tiny wasp species found masquerading as one

    Scientists used new and old tools to overturn 160-year-old ideas about this wasp. They show you can’t tell a wasp by its looks.

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  6. Fossils

    One of the earliest meat-eating mammals was saber-toothed

    Millions of years before the evolution of saber-toothed cats, a newly discovered "hypercarnivore" prowled the forests of what is now San Diego.

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  7. Animals

    Mosquitoes see red, which may be why they find us so appealing

    Mosquitoes not only see colors, but also prefer certain ones, such as the hues of human skin.

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  8. Animals

    The end of the dinosaurs appears to have come in springtime

    Fish fossils from North Dakota suggest when the Chicxulub asteroid devastated Earth, triggering the mass extinction of dinosaurs and other species.

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  9. Animals

    Analyze This: Birds may decorate nests to scare off rivals

    Birds that nest in holes face stiff competition for nest sites. Some use feathers, also found where predators have made a kill, to keep rivals away.

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  10. Animals

    Orcas can take down the largest animal on the planet

    For the first time, scientists observed that orcas can kill blue whales by using the same hunting techniques that have worked on other large whales.

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  11. Tech

    These flying robots protect endangered wildlife

    Flying drones make conservation work much easier. Around the world, drones and artificial intelligence help scientists study or protect endangered animals.

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  12. Life

    Explainer: Cells and their parts

    Life as we know it depends on the coordination of structures inside cells — whether a living thing has only a single cell or trillions of them.

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