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Oddities News Archive - November 17, 2012

Venus Fly Trap Snapping Mechanism Studied

Researchers are studying the mechanics behind the way that a Venus fly trap snaps its leaves in order to trap and feed upon insects, and how that process could one day be used to improve upon a plethora of different products.

Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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