From bacterium (Deinococcus radiodurans) that repairs its own DNA and withstands over 1,000 times more radiation than humans to elephant seals that can hold their breath for two hours as they dive nearly a mile deep in search of food, many animals, plants, and other organisms have extraordinary ways of going about the daily business of survival. Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species, opening soon at the American Museum of Natural History, reveals some of the more incredible examples of how animals and plants reproduce, find food, sense the world around them, and thrive in inhospitable habitats. Among the species is the Hercules beetle, known to be able to lift up to 80 times its weight, featured as a climbable model, as well as birds that dance, beetles that shoot explosive chemicals at enemies and lizards that squirt blood from their eyes to scare off predators. The exhibition opens April 4 and runs through Jan. 3.
Details: amnh.org or 212-769-5100.