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Life, but not as we know it: slime mould is neither fungus nor animal. Illustration: Michael Viney

The way bacteria and viruses interact with Earth’s biochemistry is mesmerising in its scale and intricacy

Illustration: Michael Viney

The first deep study of this hardy creature in Ireland reveals some surprising habits

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Relaxed: the swallows have been taking their time to migrate this year. Illustration: Michael Viney

Research has found that the birds retire between 11 and 35 minutes after sunset. How they find their way to South Africa is less (...)

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Common ground?: new rules have dismayed hill farmers. Illustration: Michael Viney

Hill farmers are at sea with the complex commonage system

Keystone: frogs’ offspring play a key role in the food chain. Illustration: Michael Viney

What good are frogs? Ecologists regard them as keystone and sentinel species, with crucial roles in keeping the rest of us alive (...)

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