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When Marlene Zuk was a child, she took pride in saying she wanted to become a myrmecologist when she was older, although this might have been more for love of knowing what the word means than any real passion for ants. Nevertheless, she has been fascinated with insects for many years. And today, after following her dream and becoming a biologist and member of AAAS, she wrote about what we can learn from insects.

Her book, Sex on Six Legs; Lessons on Life, Love and Languege from the Insect World, has received much acclaim. In this podcast, Zuk reads some sections of her book recounting her early passion for ants and what most people commonly forget about bees.

Like this podcast? Hear more from Zuk's book and see some increadible insect photographs in our audio slideshow.

When these salamanders were first discovered, locals thought they were baby dragons.
The new technology could one day help make rehabilitation easier for patients with partial spinal cord injuries.
An array of techniques – some available now and others on the horizon – aim to restore movement and other functions in patients with spinal cord injuries.

An ultra-thin electronic device attaches to the skin like a temporary tattoo and measures heart rate and other vital signs without the bulky electrodes used in current hospital monitoring, reports a new study in the 11 August issue of the journal Science.

The device could also potentially be used as an electronic bandage to speed up healing in wounds, burns, and other skin conditions, and it could even provide touch sense to prosthetic devices such as artificial legs or arms.