Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
February 7, 2016

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More Odd Creatures: Plants & Animals
February 7, 2016

Feb. 5, 2016 — Sorry, Explorers Club, but woolly mammoth is no longer on the menu. Neither is the giant ground ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The bladderwort has a trap faster than the blink of an eye. It uses powerful suction to snatch its prey. A recently published review is helping reveal exactly how a plant can suck so ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The first direct evidence that humans played a substantial role in the extinction of the huge, wondrous beasts inhabiting Australia some 50,000 years ago -- in this case a 500-pound bird -- has been ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Octopuses have generally been viewed as solitary creatures -- and their color-changing abilities primarily as a means to hide from hungry predators. But, after binge watching more than 52 hours of ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have gathered tiny fungi that take shelter in Antarctic rocks and sent them to the International Space Station. After 18 months on board in conditions similar to those on Mars, more than ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — A transplantation experiment in moths shows how the brain experiences reality through the ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Ancient rodent Paramys had a large brain that was even larger than some primitive primates of the same ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Carnivorous plants such as the Venus flytrap depend on meals of insects to survive in nutrient-poor soil. They sense the arrival of juicy insects, lured by the plants' fruity scent, with the aid ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Looking through the eyes of zebra predators, researchers found no evidence supporting the notion that zebras' black and white stripes are for protective camouflage or that they provide a social ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — For female gelada monkeys, a grunt from a male primate won't suffice to get her attention. The call of the wild must involve moans, wobbles or yawns to entice these females, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Researchers made a beetle-inspired surface that uses chemical micropatterns to control the growth of condensation and frost. They were even able to create a surface where inter-droplet ice growth is ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Why do animals engage in sexual reproduction? Biologists sought answers with mud snails that breed both sexually and asexually. They found that asexual snails grow faster and reach reproductive age ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Researchers have named a new leech after best-selling author Amy Tan based on an innovative method for peering inside soft-bodied animals. Chtonobdella tanae is the first new species of invertebrate ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Weeds are a major scourge for organic growers, who often must invest in multiple control methods to protect crop yields. A relatively new weed control method known as abrasive weeding, or 'weed ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — In space, there is no scent of baking bread, no wind on your face, no sound of raindrops hitting the roof, no favorite kitten to curl up in your lap. Over time, being deprived of these common ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Drosophila erecta is an African fruit fly with a big problem: The male sexual organ is so rough that sex acts, almost literally, as a two-edged sword -- necessary for reproduction, but physically ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Brightly colored sea slugs are slurping deadly chemicals and stockpiling the most toxic compounds for use on their enemies. While the phenomenon sounds like the stuff of horror films, it is common ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Scientists are researching the unusual secretions of the hagfish. Over the next three years, the researchers will try to find out how this natural hydrogel can be harnessed for human ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Researchers have developed an array of highly innovative experiments to allow scientists to safely test first-aid measures used for box jellyfish stings -- from folk tales, like urine, to ... read more

Jan. 19, 2016 — Agricultural grafting dates back nearly 3,000 years. By trial and error, people from ancient China to ancient Greece realized that joining a cut branch from one plant onto the stalk of another could ... read more

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