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Strength in Numbers: Defending the World’s Biggest Nest

Gavin Leighton is conducting experiments among weaver birds in Africa to try to understand the evolution of their amazing societies. Plummeting temperatures change the game of survival not just for weaver birds, but also all of the animals around them.

Video: Why Do Prairie Dogs Do “The Wave”?

The burrowing rodents mimic each others’ jumps and yips to ensure everyone in the colony is alert and working together, a new study says.

Enemies With Benefits: How Parasitic Ants Protect Their Hosts

What might be the best-titled research paper of the year comes to us courtesy of researchers at the University of Copenhagen, an investigation entitled “Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies.” Have you got your popcorn ready? It’s a tale of three species. We begin with a fungus-growing ant called Sericomyrmex amabilis found in the tropical…