Live Science’s best of 2021: Writers’ choice

What makes a science news story stand out? At Live Science, our reporters and editors cover a broad range of topics, and each year brings plenty of opportunities for each of us to share some of the strangest, most unexpected and most interesting science around.

Of the many hundreds of stories that we wrote about in 2021, some were truly unforgettable. From an immortal bee army to a dinosaur’s perfectly preserved butthole, here are the stories that Live Science’s writers just couldn’t stop thinking about.

Pupil ‘flex’

A close-up of an eye. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Yasemin Saplokoglu, Staff Writer: Some people can wiggle their ears, some can lick their elbows… and it turns out, some people can grow and shrink their pupils on demand.