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Shark Carries "Lightsaber" Spikes For Defense
2013-02-22 19:45:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It's been decades since the first Star Wars movies came out, but the mark they left is still relevant in the world, even finding a little fandom in the deep waters of the ocean. Scientists found a glow-in-the-dark shark has "lightsaber-like" spines on its back used to help ward off predators. Researchers reported in the journal Nature about how they discovered light organs adjacent to the dorsal defensive spines of a small...

What Do A Kindle And Cuttlefish Have In Common?
2012-09-26 16:20:42

Research out today from a multidisciplinary team headed by the University of Cincinnati examines parallels between e-Paper technology (the technology behind sunlight-readable devices like the Kindle) and biological organisms that change color. Over millions of years, biological organisms — from the chameleon and cuttlefish to the octopus and squid — have developed color-changing abilities for adaptive concealment (e.g., camouflage) and communication signaling (e.g., warning or...

Squid Use 'Electric Skin' For Camouflage
2012-08-28 07:43:03

Watch the Video: Squid´s Remarkable Electric Skin Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Squid and their relatives are notorious for being some of nature's best masters of disguise, but their trickery has, for the most part, remained a mystery until now. Scientists report that squid control their skin's iridescence through their nerves, manipulating the animal's spectrum of hues, as well as their speed of change. This research is the first time neutral control of...

War Paint Can Protect Against Bomb Blasts
2012-08-23 05:28:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While most men would have a problem with wearing makeup, if your face is coated with this new technology it might just save your life, or at least maybe keep your nose from melting off. A new camouflage makeup technology was revealed on Wednesday at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The new age war paint can do more than just hide your face amongst the leaves, but can actually act as a...

Key Features For Successful Camouflage Focused on By Octopuses
2012-05-24 07:42:35

Octopuses camouflage themselves by matching their body pattern to selected features of nearby objects, rather than trying to match the entire larger field of view, according to new research published in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The animals have evolved sophisticated camouflaging abilities in response to intense predation pressure, but many of the details of this mechanism remain unknown. Now, the researchers of the current study, led by Noam Josef of Ben-Gurion University in...

Squid And Zebrafish Spark Camouflage Inspiration
2012-05-04 04:59:16

University of Bristol researchers have created artificial muscles that can be transformed to mimic the camouflaging abilities of squid and zebrafish. The team demonstrated two individual transforming mechanisms that they believe could be used in "smart clothing" to trigger camouflaging tricks similar to animals observed in the wild. "We have taken inspiration from nature's designs and exploited the same methods to turn our artificial muscles into striking visual effects,"  Jonathan...

Instant Camouflage Discovered In Two Cephalopods
2011-11-11 11:17:36

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists have discovered two deep ocean species of cephalopods, the octopus Japetella heathi and the squid Onychoteuthis banksii, that can go from transparent to opaque in the blink of an eye, a new study finds. This impressive camouflage swap, from both an octopus and a squid, is an adaptation that help keeps the species safe from different types of predators, Stephanie Pappas of LiveScience reports. The first predators that the cephalopods must be wary of are...


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Plains Zebra, Equus quagga
2012-06-27 13:47:30

The plains zebra (Equus quagga) is native to Africa, and is the most common zebra found. Its range extends from southern Ethiopia to East Africa, with a southern range including Angola and eastern South Africa. Its other common names include Burchell’s zebra and the common zebra. The plains zebra holds six recognized subspecies including Grant’s zebra and the maneless zebra. The plains zebra and the mountain zebra are classified in the subgenus Hippotigris and appear to be more...

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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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