Creature

All that slithers, swims, flits, flies, grows and dies

Animals, plants, microbes, fungi and all life on Earth, from long-buried dinosaurs to newly emerging infections, often serve to instruct and amaze. We are interested in everything from the simplest physical structures to the most complex emergent behavior of life's many forms — from the extinct to the evolved and from the web of ecology to the promise of animal-inspired technology. 

New finding suggests muscle tone and wing posture help the insects execute an upside-down backflip, even when anesthetized.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Walls, fences and other obstacles hamper the mobility of mammals and birds.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Bacterial allies may help insects win the evolutionary arms race against disease-causing microorganisms.
Nala Rogers, Staff Writer
Scientists recently uncovered the ancient dens of 2-meter-long worms.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
As the mother-of-pearl in the inner layer of the shell forms, initial defects attract and eventually annihilate each other.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Australian scientists measure the gases that two Great Barrier Reef corals emit.
Christian Fogerty, Contributor
The insects adorn their hives with animal feces to fend off giant hornet attacks.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New research method’s validity confirmed by bottom trawls.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
The armor might help leafcutter ants defend the valuable fungus they grow for food.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Treatment that eases bipolar symptoms in humans stops risky behavior in infected sticklebacks.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
A month’s worth of cool science stories.
Alistair Jennings, Contributor
The animals have evolved an immune system that doesn’t cause as much inflammation.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor