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The Fox’s Sixth Sense

If you are a fox, and it’s winter, most of your food is hiding somewhere under the snow.  So how might you go about catching a meal?  Foxes hunt mice, and in winter they can often be seen “mousing,” quietly stalking their prey in open snowfields....

Living Mechanical Gear

The science blogs were all a flutter last week with the announcement that researchers in the UK had identified the only known example of a mechanical gear in nature. The gear in question belongs to the adolescent form of the Issus genus of planthoppers, small...

Nature’s Torpedoes

Penguins can’t fly. Optimized for life at sea, their flipper-like wings won’t take them skyward, no matter how hard the birds flap them. Still, that doesn’t stop them from getting some big air. Especially when they need to evade a hungry leopard...

Another Reason Spider Webs are Sticky

New research suggests that one reason spider webs are so effective at capturing prey, may be magnetism. Or, more precisely, that they respond to the electrostatic charge generated by flying insects. The authors of a new study found that the silk threads of webs made...

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