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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. 

Their eight eyes take on different tasks to assist in navigation.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Males have better spatial skills, but stubbornness holds them back on a simple task.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Extending daylight hours could help decrease animal-vehicle collisions.

Rebecca Boyle, Contributor

We’ve run out of some types of antivenom, and not just here in the U.S., but around the world.

Karin Heineman, IS Executive Producer

Scientists find first evidence that oil from the spill reached land-based animals.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Elephants bring tourists and tourists bring money.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

A long-held explanation for the spectacular diversity of fishes turns out to be wrong.

Viviane Callier, Contributor

The process of evolution helped shape jellyfish to move through the water using almost no energy.

Karin Heineman, ISTV Executive Producer

Free-falling hoverflies rely on sight to orient themselves, not gravity.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

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