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The Perfect Killer

Lions and white sharks are top-level predators, but compared to the superior hunter of the world of insects, they’re rank amateurs. Nature has made the dragonfly an efficient killing machine, whose sophisticated vision,…

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Molecular Murder

Nature’s most potent poisons attack the tiniest building blocks of our bodies: the cells. Poisons can effect as little as one molecule – but this has fatal consequences. Even the slightest molecular change…

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Timelapse of swarming monster worms and sea stars

Three-foot nemertean worms and carnivorous sea stars prowl the Antarctic in search of flesh.

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Meerkat Magic

Some of the magic moment of filming meerkats for the BBC’s Planet Earth Live.

Pond snails that consumed epicatechin found in chocolate developed long-term memories. Image: Kenneth Lukowiak

Snails improved their memory after “eating” chocolate

Turns out that flavonoids make snails smarter.

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Alfred Wallace’s life and times

Science historian Dr John van Wyhe and his fellow researchers at the National University of Singapore have compiled the entire collection of Alfred Russel Wallace’s documented life and discoveries from his scientific travels….

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A radiographer’s view of animals

A mutation in Taqpep converts a mackerel tabby pattern (upper) to a blotched tabby pattern (lower). Image courtesy of Helmi Flick

How the cheetah gets its spots

There may be a big difference in size, but cheetahs and tabby cats have things in common.

This single-celled beauty is the most abundant coccophore in the ocean. Image: PLoS Biology/ Wikimedia Commons

Armour-covered floating beauty

‘Ehux’ is a micro-organism vital to marine food chains — it is also visually mesmerising.

Both male and female killer whales will remain with their mothers throughout their lives. Image: David Ellifrit/Centre for Whale Research

Why do whales and humans have such long menopause?

Long menopause allows killer whales to care for sons.

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