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The original ant farms

The original ant farms

The remarkable leafcutter ant is spurring some wild ideas about agriculture, medicine and the nature of ecosystems

The only way into Soberanía National Park is a long, crumbling road from Gamboa, Panama, a town originally built to accommodate workers dredging the Panama Canal. Park visitors must cross a single-lane bridge; when there’s congestion, the cars slow to a crawl, like a trail of marching ants. More…

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Don't believe your ears

Don’t believe your ears

For howler monkeys, an evolutionary surprise: Males with fiercer calls have smaller testicles

Seafloor communities create electricity

Seafloor communities create electricity

In the digital age, we’re all connected by electricity — and some microbes are too

Pecking order for birdbrains

Pecking order for birdbrains

Monk parakeets, like humans, use complex thinking to understand where they stand in their group’s social order

VIDEO: Forensic genetics for saving wildlife

VIDEO: Forensic genetics for saving wildlife

DNA barcoding helps hunt down criminals trafficking illegal wildlife products

You don’t need to eat local

You don’t need to eat local

The trendy food label doesn’t mean what you think it does

PODCAST: Worldbuilding pilot

PODCAST: Worldbuilding pilot

Finding the science hidden in fantasy novels

Fleshing it out

Fleshing it out

Behind the scenes, Rebecca Meah builds models of dinosaurs and other animals for museum exhibitions