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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. 

Armadillos could help fill ecological voids left by the Southeast's waning gopher tortoise populations.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

A new study shows that colonies of as few as six ants divvy up duties.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Officials in Wyoming are building bridges in the hopes of restoring the migratory path of the pronghorn.

Annie Roth, Contributor

Alligators and Floridians have been clashing more often, and research suggests the growing human population is the cause.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Should we genetically modify all mosquitos to suck on nectar instead of blood?

Karin Heineman, Executive Producer

Populations with a variety of genes can help a species adapt to threats like diseases and climate change.

Brian Owens, Contributor

Blowflies serve as natural sampling instruments to learn what is pooping and dying in an area.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

For seeds, it’s a race against time to create the chloroplasts they need to survive during the first 48 hours in the ground.

Jennifer Leman, Contributor

Spiders that eat other spiders may use sound to avoid cannibalism.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

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