Animals

New finding suggests muscle tone and wing posture help the insects execute an upside-down backflip, even when anesthetized.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
By collecting blowflies and analyzing their gut contents, researchers hope to peek at sites that are difficult or dangerous to access.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Australian scientists measure the gases that two Great Barrier Reef corals emit.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
New research method’s validity confirmed by bottom trawls.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
The armor might help leafcutter ants defend the valuable fungus they grow for food.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Treatment that eases bipolar symptoms in humans stops risky behavior in infected sticklebacks.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
This month in disquieting science.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
A month’s worth of cool science stories.
Alistair Jennings, Contributor
The animals have evolved an immune system that doesn’t cause as much inflammation.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
By mimicking the diabolical ironclad beetles' wing cases, engineers may be able to build stronger joints for applications such as airplanes.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Accidents like the Deepwater Horizon spill may hurt the rays’ ability to hunt.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
The subterranean rodents have little use for vision, but their magnetic sense tells them which direction is which.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor