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A swordfish’s “sword” is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash.
A new video suggests that these “perfect little urban warriors” may be smarter than their rural kin, a scientist says.
High-speed video and customized “snakebots” have revealed that a desert snake uses a highly unique slither to climb sandy hills, a new study says.
No warm and fuzzy here—a possible boom in a highly venomous but irresistibly touchable caterpillar is sending people in the eastern U.S. to the hospital.
Archerfish, which use water jets to take down prey, are much more skilled and sophisticated target shooters than thought, a new study says.
How hummingbirds acquired their sweet tooth has been quite the mystery. But scientists think they may cracked the case.
Researchers discover that for snakes climbing trees, it’s all about safety first.
Swarms of jellyfish that have appeared recently in the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom are not unusual, but may signal an ocean out of balance, experts say.
The brilliant plumage of peacocks and related birds may be a result of female preference, a new study says.
How sexes evolved in the first place has been a lasting mystery in biology. Thanks to some transgender algae, scientists may have cracked this evolutionary whodunit.
Scientists have discovered a “bizarre” parasite from the Jurassic era that really sucked. An international team of researchers recently described this 165-million-year-old fossilized fly larvae that they found in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region in northeastern China once studded with volcanoes and freshwater lakes. They named the species Qiyia jurassica (“Qiyia” is derived from the Chinese word for “strange”),…
When vampire bats acquired their taste for blood, they lost their ability to sense bitter flavors, according to a new study.