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Scientists Come to Grips With Seahorse Armor

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Scientists are developing a new type of gripping arm for medical and engineering applications, using the the flexible armor of seahorses as a model. A team at the University of California San Diego says the creature's natural armor plating provides a degree of strength and flexibility that does not exist outside nature.

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Reuters (Nov. 26, 2013) — There's more to the seahorse than grace and beauty. Using advanced high speed camera technology, scientists in Texas have demonstrated that the seahorse has a hunting technique that makes it among the most lethal predators on the planet. Ben Gruber reports.
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Icy Treats Keep Animals Cool in Heat

Reuters (Jan. 9, 2014) — Animals sweltering in a Rio de Janeiro zoo enjoy icy treats as a summer heat wave grips the city. Tara Cleary reports.
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AP (Mar. 3, 2014) — With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. (March 3) Video provided by AP
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Scientists Create a Biological Pacemaker

AP (July 16, 2014) — Scientists have come up with a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that change ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. They hope to test this on humans in a few years. (July 16) Video provided by AP
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