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Moths Revealed as Mystifying Masters of Disguise

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August 27, 2012
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Scientists in South Korea are reporting that the moth's mastery of camouflage is more sophisticated than previously thought. Most moths are colored and patterned to blend in with their habitat but the researchers have found two species that take disguise to a whole new level.


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Bugs to the Rescue: Antibiotic Compounds From Insects

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Global Ocean Study Reveals Unexpected Plankton Populations

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