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From the smallest microbe to the largest dinosaurs and from the tiniest spore to the biggest giant sequoia, biological research continues to uncover weird and wonderful secrets of the creatures with whom we share the planet with – and could soon extend to the study of life on bodies in the solar system beyond our home.

Fish does the twist to get airborne

​Like true "flying fish," the ribbon halfbeak has large pectoral fins that it uses like wings to escape aquatic predators. Unlike them, however, it lacks a set of winglike pelvic fins, which add much-needed rear stability while in flight. So, how does it manage? It all comes down to a twist.

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