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To help draw bees’ attention, flowers that are pollinated by bees have typically evolved to send very strong colour signals. Shutterstock

Our ‘bee-eye camera’ helps us support bees, grow food and protect the environment

Bees need flowers to live, and we need bees to pollinate our crops. Understanding bee vision can help us better support our buzzy friends and the critical pollination services they provide.
You’re another year older but that doesn’t have to mean poorer health. Lorene Farrugia

Diseases through the decades – here’s what to look out for in your 40s, 60s, 80s and beyond

As you age, your body deteriorates and your risk of disease and injury increases. Here's a decade by decade guide to what you're up against – and what you can do about it.
Watch out for these tiny tough guys. Roy L. Caldwell, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (For use only with this article)

A cooler ocean predator than sharks? Consider the mantis shrimps

With superpowers other animals can only dream of, these crustaceans challenge sharks for the title of most amazing predator in the sea.
Everyone sees them all, but we don’t all give them the same distinct names. lazyllama/Shutterstock.com

Languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists have a new theory why

People across the globe all see millions of distinct colors. But the terms we use to describe them vary across cultures. New cognitive science research suggests it's about what we want to communicate.
375 million years ago fishes like Tiktaalik (pictured, above) looked out above water for prey. John Long, Flinders University

The eyes have it: how vision may have driven fishes onto land

The first truly terrestrial animals evolved from ancient fishes that left the water for land. But what prompted to move has been a mystery.
Dusk during the second day of the day-night Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and New South Wales at the Gabba, Brisbane, in October 2016. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Pink balls in day-night cricket could challenge players at sunset

New research shows pink cricket balls can be extra difficult to see in those crucial minutes when day turns to night during play.

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