photo by F.C. Robiller
photo by F.C. Robiller

How Bats Slurp at Night

You probably know most bats use echolocation to find their food. But how do they find water? Learn how Stefan Greif answered this surprisingly difficult question. (Highlights, December 2012) Download pdf: How Bats Slurp at Night

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photo by Ryan E. Poplin

How Brainy are Monkeys?

You may find counting as easy as 1-2-3, but can animals count? Do they need to? Dr. Dawn Kitchen tested black howler monkeys in the jungles of Belize to find out, and the answer came through loud and clear. (Highlights, March 2013) Download pdf: How Brainy are Monkeys?

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photo by Ken Conger/NPS

How Many Turns for the Tern?

Scientists have known for many years that Arctic terns migrate from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back each year, but just how far do they really fly? Dr. Egevang used geolocators to find out, and the results stunned everyone—even him! (Highlights, June 2013, available online)

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photo by Joachim Huber

Mane Attraction

The lion’s mane is probably the best-known symbol of nature, but why do lions have manes? Peyton West took life-sized stuffed animals to the Serengeti to answer this centuries-old question. (ASK magazine, March 2013) Download pdf: Mane Attraction

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dart frogs
photo by Peter Miller

Cool jobs: Finding new uses for nature’s poisons

Check out these cool jobs in science! These researchers use toxins from critters (including mites, frogs, and spiders) to fight pests and germs–all while keeping people safe. (Science News Explores, October 9, 2015) Access html article: Finding new uses for nature’s poisons

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Image showing an amalgamation of faces with different eye, skin, and hair colors.
image by Susan Walsh

Forensic scientists are gaining and edge on crime

New developments have boosted the ability of forensic scientists to puzzle out what happened at a crime scene, allowing them to recover invisible fingerprints and ID people from tiny bits of bone, tissue, or just a few cells’ worth of DNA. (Online. December 22, 2022)

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