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All that slithers, swims, flits, flies, grows and dies

Animals, plants, microbes, fungi and all life on Earth, from long-buried dinosaurs to newly emerging infections, often serve to instruct and amaze. We are interested in everything from the simplest physical structures to the most complex emergent behavior of life's many forms — from the extinct to the evolved and from the web of ecology to the promise of animal-inspired technology. 

Studying fly sex may lead to a better understanding of addiction in humans.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Bacteria that help sorghum survive drought could someday be used as probiotics for crops.

Anna Katrina Hunter, Contributor

Popularity of increasingly endangered wild animals may create the misguided notion that they’re thriving in nature.

Tracy Staedter, Contributor

New study reveals the complex strategies crab spiders use to soar on streamers of silk.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

By hunting in the deep and dumping in the shallows, sharks deliver rich nutrients to coral reefs, helping them grow.

James Gaines, Contributor

Once thought to stay shallow, a new study finds the tusked mammals are among the deepest divers in the sea.

Annie Roth, Contributor

Chinese researchers solve the complete DNA sequence of the pernicious pest, revealing some of its evolutionary secrets.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

New genetic analysis suggests that major groups of fish species arose in the 10 million years after dinosaurs disappeared.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Parasitoid wasps that lay eggs in other creatures may represent more species than any other group of animals.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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