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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. 

Record low levels of winter sea ice devastate seabirds already struggling with climate change.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Successful ants play like the Borg from Star Trek.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Two well-preserved fossils found in China were covered in both furlike pycnofibers and featherlike features.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Animals famous for walking up walls can also use a combination of techniques to race across water.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Cells in the fly specimens' nervous systems can be seen glowing through the insects' transparent bodies.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Omnivores' diets may depend on the amount of salt in their environments.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

A closer look at cat tongues helps explain why the animals' grooming is so effective and may inspire new brushes -- for pets and humans.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

New research may explain why some cloven-hoofed animals have tusks instead of horns or antlers.

Nala Rogers, Staff Writer

Scientists delve deep into why and how the turkey -- that ends up on our plates -- turned out the way it is.

Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer

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