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zoology

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biophysics

Too Small for Big Muscles, Tiny Animals Use Springs

June 13, 2018

Elastic springs help tiny animals stay fast and strong. New work is finding what size critters must be to benefit from the springs.

zoology

Biologists Search for New Model Organisms

July 26, 2016

The bulk of biological research is centered on a handful of species. Are we missing a huge chunk of interesting biology?

neuroscience

The Beasts That Keep the Beat

March 22, 2016

New insights from neuroscience — aided by a small zoo’s worth of dancing animals — are revealing the biological origins of rhythm.

Life’s Big Leaps: Critical Moments in Evolution

The Woman Who Stared at Wasps

November 5, 2015

The biologist Joan Strassmann discusses cooperation in social insects, how amoebas can teach us about competition, and why the definition of “organism” needs an overhaul.