Namib beetle

Like Water Off a Beetle’s Back

An African insect could show how to wring moisture from the fog—and let the sun shine on cloudy airports.

White Winged Vampire Bat

The Curious, Bloody Lives of Vampire Bats

Vampire bats display adaptations to their diet

sea stars

Rising Stars

Sea stars grow faster in warmer, acidified water.

A ferry across the Río Negro

Patagonian Oasis

Even amid the wind-swept desolation of southern Argentine a haven may occasionally be found.

Buffalo Park

The Coming Back of the Bison

Under Government and private protection bison have increased

snakes

A Long Drink of Water

For thirsty sea snakes, the ocean can be a desert.

tiger

Far from the Forests of the Night

Tigers and other “exotics” have become hefty commodities in the U.S.

blue hake

Deep Trouble

Adaptations to deepwater living make the fishes of the deep sea particularly vulnerable to overfishing.

jellyfish

The Blob

An Internet guide to the jellyfish population explosion

Bird biomechanics 2

On Swift Wings

What airplane designers could learn from the shape-changing wings of birds

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