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Oddities News Archive - June 15, 2012

This Plant Uses Raindrops To Catapult Food

Scientists from Cambridge University have found that a carnivorous plant employs the laws of physics to help it find its meals.

Carnivorous Plants Turning Vegetarian

It’s a bad sign when even carnivorous plants decide to embrace a vegetarian lifestyle. A newly published study in New Phytologist journal has revealed the common Sundew plant is becoming so full from snacking on nitrogen deposits in Swedish bogs, that they’re eating fewer bugs.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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