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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. 

The glue cements the moth’s wing scales together like a wall of bricks.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Water sticks to the snakes’ backs because of special properties of their scales.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

309 million years ago an animal that resembled a lizard wrapped its tail around a younger member of its species.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A new study in Vietnam offers hope for a massive freshwater species.

Amanda Heidt, Contributor

Polar bear looking out from inside a snowy den

Study suggests that if climate change continues unabated, there soon won’t be enough snow in northern Alaska for polar bears to dig birthing dens.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

The bigger the whale, the tougher it is to find a decent meal.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

The parasites were found on preserved dinosaur feathers from almost 100 million years ago.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Damselfish often end up raising young that aren't their own.

Amanda Heidt, Contributor

A new study shows that the Inuit brought dogs with them when settling North America, and these dogs’ descendants are still working today.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

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