Biology

Common kestrels fighting
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Common kestrels fighting


The name "kestrel" is derived from the French crécerelle which is diminutive for crécelle, which also referred to a bell used by lepers. Archaic names for the kestrel include windhover and windfucker, due to its habit of beating the wind (hovering in air)

 



The brain's arteries visualized with a scanner
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The brain’s arteries visualized with a scanner


 



Gene therapy
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Gene therapy


 



Hi, I'm the world's smallest known vertebrate!
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Hi, I’m the world’s smallest known vertebrate!


Paedophryne amauensis is 7.7 mm long. This frog from Papua New-Guinea was first described in 2012

 



Return to base confirmed, over.
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Return to base confirmed, over.


 



The Venus flytrap in action
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The Venus flytrap in action


 



Naked mole rats can survive up to 18 mn without oxygen
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Naked mole rats can survive up to 18 mn without oxygen


Naked mole rats are the superheroes of lab animals. They show few signs of aging, are resistant to some types of pain, and almost never get cancer! But in 2017, scientists have discovered another superpower: they can live up to 18 mn without oxygen! They do that by essentially switching their bodies from using one fuel (glucose) to another (fructose)

 



Swans can mate for life since they are 20 months old
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Swans can mate for life since they are 20 months old


Although swans only reach sexual maturity between 4 and 7 years of age, they can form socially monogamous pair bonds from as early as 20 months that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life

 



Incredible zoom on a bacteria on a diatom on an amphipod
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Incredible zoom on a bacteria on a diatom on an amphipod


 



Lions are great hunters... but even bigger scavengers!
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Lions are great hunters… but even bigger scavengers!


Carrion provides more than 50% of their diet. These big cats are in competition with spotted hyenas for eating!

 



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An octopus egg hatching!


 



Flying fish or kingfisher?
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Flying fish or kingfisher?


 



A red kite catching fish
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A red kite catching fish


The red kite (Milvus milvus) lives in Europe and North Africa. At signs of danger, a mother will signal the young who will "play dead" when a predator is near.

 



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All young flamingos hatch with greyish plumage


Watch the video to learn more!

 



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Divers dwarfed by an enormous sunfish!


The ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. Adults typically weigh between 247 and 1,000 kg (545–2,205 lb)