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    What Makes a Lightning Bug Light?

    Get Facts About the Thomas Edison of the Insect World

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Bug Features

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    Could Cyborg Roaches Save Your Life?

    Electrode-implanted bugs can now be "driven" with surprising precision (see video), which may make them futuristic first responders.

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    Glowing Cockroach Mimics Toxic Beetle

    A species of cockroach glows green to trick predators into thinking it's the toxic click beetle, a new study says.

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    Mosquito Facts

    Meet the persistent pest that spreads some of humanity's deadliest diseases. Learn how, and why, mosquitoes zero in on their victims and draw blood.

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    Deer Tick

    Discover the blood-sucking bug behind Lyme disease, the loathsome deer tick. Find out how they spread the disease and how you can stay away.

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    Hot Bee-Ball Mystery Solved?

    Japanese honeybees swarm to cook enemy hornets, but how do they survive the heat themselves? A new brain study may have the answer.

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Big Cat Week

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    Tracking Orphaned Cougars in the Wild

    The cougar is one of the iconic animals of the Americas. Its range stretches from the Yukon to the southern tip of Chile, yet it has been one of the least understood of all the big cats, until now.

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    The Safari Live Bingo Challenge

    Bring the beauty of Africa into your home. Watch and play along for your chance to win a Safari to Tanzania from National Geographic Expeditions.



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    It’s a Big Cat Throwdown

    Sometimes big cats find themselves in big spats. Check out some of the fiercest battles from Big Cat Week.