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2011-07-19 11:30:00

Biologists and engineers team up to unlock the secret to the hummingbird's 'snap-buckling' beak The shape of a hummingbird's beak allows for a "controlled elastic snap" that allows it to snatch up flying insects in a mere fraction of a second "”with greater speed and power than could be achieved by jaw muscles alone, says a new study in a forthcoming issue of Journal of Theoretical Biology. Hummingbird beaks are built to feed on flowers, but hummingbirds can't live on nectar alone. To...

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2010-08-08 20:02:37

Several lines of evidence support the idea that life originated with molecules that lay between mica sheetsThat age-old question, "where did life on Earth start?" now has a new answer. If the life between the mica sheets hypothesis is correct, life would have originated between sheets of mica that were layered like the pages in a book.The so-called "life between the sheets" mica hypothesis was developed by Helen Hansma of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with funding from the...