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Oddities News Archive - February 05, 2013

Insects Spend A Lot Of Time Grooming

A new study shows like self-absorbed teenagers, insects spend a lot of time grooming. This grooming, specifically antennal cleaning, is a common function of insects that removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

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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