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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. 

A new type of exotic mantis has entered the U.S. My own brood of nonnative mantises sheds light on what that means.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Hummingbirds can distinguish blends of color that we see as ordinary hues.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Monkeys’ reactions to computer-generated videos suggest they, like humans, suffer from the creepy “uncanny valley” effect.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

A month’s worth of cool science stories, summed up

Alistair Jennings, Contributor

Narwhal vocalizations are not well understood, but Inuit whale hunters helped scientists get close enough to listen.

Meredith Fore, Contributor

Many dinosaurs gathered together in a scene showing predators, prey and scavengers

Prehistoric remains also reveal signs of a particularly large predator.

Joshua Learn, Contributor

For years, people believed that royal jelly contained the secret to making queen bees. Turns out it’s simply the amount of food.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

A new paper shows lobsters create sounds that travel more than a mile.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Long legs didn't make the massive predators faster but helped save energy during the daily grind, new research suggests.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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