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Jumping Spiders See with Rose-Colored Glasses

Human suitors may woo with red wine and roses, but these jumping spiders come courting with fancy dress and choreography. Now scientists know more about how spiders perceive their admirers' flamboyant displays.

February 14, 2017 — Lydia Chain

Hawaiian Crows Ready for the Call of the Wild

The critically endangered birds have done well in captive breeding, meaning they may be ready once more for wild living, and the repertoire of calls associated with it. Jason G. Goldman reports. 

January 30, 2017 — Jason G. Goldman

A Humble Fish with a Colorful Edge

The cichlid, a small fish, has one of the most incredible visual systems known—which allows it to adapt to differently colored environments. Jason G. Goldman reports.

January 28, 2017 — Jason G. Goldman

The Exercise Paradox

Studies of how the human engine burns calories help to explain why physical activity does little to control weight—and how our species acquired some of its most distinctive traits

February 1, 2017 — Herman Pontzer

Bat Chatter Is More Than a Cry in the Dark

Using algorithms developed for human speech recognition, researchers decoded which bats in an experimental colony were arguing with each other, and what they were arguing about. Christopher Intagliata reports.

January 14, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata