A ‘virgin’ fish named Mary got pregnant without having sex

Could we be witnessing an evolutionary leap in action?

Lobster’s tough underbelly could inspire next generation of highly flexible body armor

It’s as tough as industrial rubber, MIT researchers say.

How the zebra’s stripes ward off insects

Scientists finally found out how insects are kept away from zebras.

The ‘forager gene’ of humans and fruit flies works in practically the same way

No time like mealtime.

Activating one gene in the brains of male mice helps reverse depression

Sorry ladies.

Desert ants’ complex behavior is actually built from very simple interactions

The colonies work similarly to a brain, actually.

Stone-age peoples in the Iberian Peninsula shared graves with dogs

Man’s best friend, indeed.

Orangutans don’t use tools instinctively — they actually think about what they’re doing

Give an orangutan a banana and you’ll feed him for a day. Give him a stick and he’ll poke bananas for a lifetime.

How deer are shaping the sounds of the forest

Deer are affecting forests in more than one way, researchers found.

The world is running out of insects — because of us — and it will lead to a “catastrophic collapse”

They may be creepy crawlies, but we need them.

A new study explains how snakes lost their legs

They didn’t lose the genes for limbs — they’re just blocked.

Fish can recognize themselves in the mirror. Does that mean they’re self aware?

The study casts an unexpected doubt on our very definition of self-awareness.

How orcas hunt — and some surprising findings

The males hunt more than the females, researchers found.

More than bamboo: ancient pandas had a complex, varied diet

Pandas sure are real animals.

Bug bombs don’t kill the bugs, but they do expose you to pesticides

Bombs never solve anything :(.

If you think cats are antisocial, it’s probably you, new study concludes

It’s probably your fault — of course.

We can eradicate malaria — but we need to use new tricks

Improvise, adapt, eliminate.

Paleontologists discovered a new species of ancient shark — and it was so, so tiny

“[Its] teeth are the size of a sand grain. Without a microscope you’d just throw them away,” says one of its discoverers.

Why are there mammals that lay eggs?

Nature always finds a way.

Engineers study the in-depth structure of wings to make better adhesive materials

“We believe that these structures could serve as inspiration for an interlocking one-directional adhesive or a material with directionally tailored permeability,” the team said.