Are You Confused by Scientific Jargon? So Are Scientists

Scientific papers containing lots of specialized terminology are less likely to be cited by other researchers.

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Protecting Lions Helps the Whole Food Chain? Actually, We Don’t Know.

The assumption that adding apex predators to wildlife parks in South Africa benefits smaller animals is in need of more testing, scientists say.

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They Put the Bite in Trilobite

New research helps explain how some ancient species hunted and fed, and highlights the shell-crushing power of one large trilobite.

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Jellyfish Build Walls of Water to Swim Around the Ocean

One of nature’s most simple creatures has an elegant approach to propulsion.

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He’s Too Quiet for His Mate to Hear Him. So He Makes a Megaphone.

Some tree crickets amplify their calls with leaves, giving them an opportunity to mate that they otherwise might miss.

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This Unusual Bird Superpower Goes Back to the Dinosaur Extinction

Kiwis, ibises and sandpipers share this sensory power with birds that lived millions of years ago.

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Archaeologists Could Help Bring Otters Back From the Dead

The sea mammals vanished from Oregon’s coast long ago, but a technique from human archaeology offers a clue to restoring them.

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How Some Skinks Lost Their Legs and Then Evolved New Ones

The lizards have complicated a rule of thumb that in evolution, once you lose a body part, you don’t regain it.

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Hold Me, Squeeze Me, Bite My Head

Two recent research efforts looked into the southern alligator lizard, which has one of nature’s more extreme mating strategies.

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Why So Blue, Tarantula? A Mystery Gets a New Clue

The large arachnids have long been thought to be colorblind, but new evidence suggests they can perceive each others’ brilliant coloring.

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Meet a Bee With a Very Big Brain

New research suggests there is a relationship between the diversity of a bee’s diet and the size of its croissant-shaped brain.

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How a Praying Mantis Says ‘Boo!’

A study of startle displays hints at why provoked creatures have such a wide range of reactions.

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Scientists Find an Earthquake’s Toll in an Organism’s DNA

Along a coastline in New Zealand, kelp seems to contain a genetic record of the planet’s geological upheaval.

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