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Blog Profile / New Scientist - Zoologger

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Zoologger: Extreme nomad scrambles for shrimp bonanza

Australia's banded stilts sense distant rains and then fly more than 2000 kilometres to find a bonanza of freshly hatched shrimp

Zoologger: Shy lemurs communicate using toilet trees

White-footed sportive lemurs are lazy, nocturnal and avoid family life, but by visiting the same toilet, manage to keep in touch with each other

Zoologger: No escape from hunting harvestman's sticky grasp

The harvestman uses a special viscoelastic glue to ensnare its nimble prey and crush its last-ditch struggles to escape

Zoologger: Ants fight dirty in turf war with spiders

In the forests of eastern Australia, a squadron of social spiders faces off against an army of the world's most dangerous ants in a pitched battle for survival

Zoologger: Fish that picks its work partners wisely

Coral trout work together with moray eels to winkle out hidden prey – and they skilfully decide both when to collaborate and which eels are best

Zoologger: Cockatoos learn to make and use a tool

After a lone Goffin cockatoo figured out how to make and use a simple tool, others have learned the same trick by watching him

Sex secrets of the weevil with a curiously long snout

Male giraffe weevils use their impressive snouts to win females, but less-endowed males use sneaky tactics to mate just as often

Zoologger: The secret hop of the Californian flea seed

Say hello to the California jumping gall wasp – its larvae just love hopping all over the place

Zoologger: Hero ant jumps off cliff to eject invaders

Workers of Malagidris sofina wrestle with invading ants, drag them to the entrance, and throw themselves and the intruder off a cliff

Zoologger: Octopus mum broods for record-breaking time

A deep-sea octopus was seen brooding her eggs for four and a half years without a break to eat – the longest brooding period of any animal

Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences

The grasses that moose eat contain fungi that make powerful toxins, but the animals' saliva somehow turns off this defence response

Zoologger: Meet the only animal with five legs

One of the world's best loved and iconic animals, the kangaroo, has been keeping a secret – it may be the only "pentapedal" animal

Zoologger: The fish that kill with special-ops signals

Lionfish use a secret semaphore to coordinate a hunt and are the only animals known to share food evenly

Zoologger: Old magpies get wise to freeloading cuckoos

Eurasian magpies often have their nests parasitised by cuckoos, but as they get older they learn to reject the intruders' eggs

Zoologger: The Michael Phelps of the ant world

The trap-jaw ant can swim ten times as fast as Olympic champion Michael Phelps relative to its body size. Also, it can jump with its mouth

Zoologger: Acid for breath helps catfish find food

The Japanese sea catfish is the first fish known to track its prey by the trails of acid they create in the water when they breathe

Zoologger: Only known 'potter' frog packs eggs in mud

A newly discovered frog in India is the only amphibian known to seal its eggs in mud, and it may do it just because it pays to be different

Zoologger: Larval hunter uses bifocals to catch prey

Sunburst diving beetle larvae use an optical arsenal of 12 eyes, 28 retinas and four bifocal lenses to judge distance, making them impressive hunters

Zoologger: Polar bears evolved to eat junk food

The world's largest land predators have evolved genes that let them eat a diet ultra-high in fat that would give most humans a heart attack

Zoologger: Deep-freeze maggot feeds on new form of fat

Faced with sub-zero temperatures, maggots of the goldenrod gall fly allow their bodies to freeze solid and sustain themselves with a unique fat

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