Life

  1. Plants

    Scientists Say: Fruit

    Some foods usually called vegetables — such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers — are actually fruits.

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  2. Animals

    Sea creatures’ fishy scent protects them from deep-sea high pressures  

    TMAO’s water-wrangling ability protects a critter’s critical proteins — including muscle — from crushing under deep ocean pressures.

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  3. Animals

    This acrobatic spider flips for its food — literally

    An acrobatic hunting trick lets the Australian ant-slayer spider catch prey twice its size, a new study shows.

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  4. Life

    Let’s learn about modern Frankensteins

    Modern scientists are creating strange new combinations of living tissue and trying to give dead things new life.

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  5. Animals

    Award-winning photo captures ‘zombie’ fungus erupting from a fly

    The winner of the 2022 BMC Ecology and Evolution photo competition captures the cycle of life and death in the Amazon rainforest in Peru.

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  6. Genetics

    For some kids, their rock-star hair comes naturally

    A variant of a gene involved in hair-shaft formation was linked to most of the uncombable-hair-syndrome cases analyzed in a recent study.

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  7. Animals

    Science is just starting to understand what animals feel

    Animal-welfare researchers are studying the feelings and experiences of horses, octopuses and more.

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  8. Health & Medicine

    Examining Neandertal and Denisovan DNA wins a 2022 Nobel Prize

    Svante Pääbo figured out how to examine the genetic material from these hominid ‘cousins’ of modern humans.

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  9. Animals

    Watch: This fox is the first spotted fishing for its food

    Big fish in shallow water were easy pickings for this fox. It’s the first of its species known to fish.

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  10. Animals

    Living mysteries: This critter has 38 times more DNA than you do

    The genomes of salamanders are bloated with genetic “parasites.” That extra DNA slows down their lives and strands them in perpetual childhood.

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  11. Animals

    Several mammals use a South American tree as their pharmacy

    Researchers in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest stumbled onto something very strange. They watched as animals “doctored” themselves with products from a tree.

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  12. Fossils

    Bizarre ancient critter has spines but no anus 

    The spiny discovery moves this minion lookalike off a distant limb on the human family tree.

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