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Slime design mimics Tokyo's rail system

What could human engineers possibly learn from the lowly slime mold? Reliable, cost-efficient network construction, apparently: a recent experiment suggests that Physarum polycephalum, a gelatinous fungus-like mold, might ...

dateJan 21, 2010 in Cell & Microbiology
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Sucking Up To Survive

Shrink a human being down to the size of an insect, and you would no longer be able to sip lemonade from a straw. The forces that hold liquid together would simply be too great to overcome at that tiny scale.

dateDec 10, 2009 in Plants & Animals
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Triceratops had self-sharpening teeth

In "Jurassic World," kids visiting the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo get to ride on and feed a triceratops. Turns out that's not such a good idea: University of Florida researchers recently learned that the three-horned dinos ...

dateJun 15, 2015 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Microbe-mediated adaptation to a novel diet

Insects are the most diverse animal group on earth. Many of them feed on plants, and they are constantly challenged by the diverse direct and indirect defenses of their food plants as well as an imbalanced nutrient composition. ...

dateJun 10, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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