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  • Bugs may have made us brainy

    Finding and eating bugs when other food was scarce helped primates — including our ancestors — evolve bigger and better brains. At least that’s the conclusion of a new study in Costa Rica.
  • Decoding bee dances

    Biologists have started eavesdropping on bees — or their dancing sign language — to identify where these buzzers prefer to forage. This info is pointing to which bee-friendly habitats may be most important to preserve.
  • Helping birds doctor their babies

    Darwin’s finches will soften their nests by weaving in fibers, such as stray bits of cotton. An observant biologist offered those birds some insecticide-treated cotton and the birds took it, which saved their young from deadly parasites.
  • Wild medicine

    Few veterinarians are available to treat sick animals in their natural environment. Fortunately, some critters can doctor themselves.
  • Cool Jobs: Moved by life

    A robot built to mimic the movements of a cownose ray takes a dip. Credit: Norm Shafer

    This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

    When Dan Goldman was 12, lizards were pretty much the center of his universe. He was fascinated by how they looked, how they behaved — and especially how they moved.

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