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2014-03-25 08:20:08

Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes opens April 12, 2014 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium MONTEREY, Calif., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes have gripped the human imagination for thousands of years. From the kraken to Cthluhu (ku-thoo-loo), the myths surrounding them live in our collective memory. Now the Monterey Bay Aquarium is opening the largest, most diverse living exhibit ever created to showcase these...

Carnivorous Sundew Plant Has Fast Snap Tentacles
2012-09-27 14:40:07

[Watch the Video!] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many predators in the animal kingdom depend on a quick-strike ability to capture their prey, but a few species in the plant kingdom also have this impressive capability. A handful of German biologists have decided to investigate the mechanisms behind the quick strikes of one plant in particular, Drosera glanduligera, a small sundew from southern Australia. This sundew relies on its touch-sensitive tentacles to...

Carnivorous Plants Turning Vegetarian
2012-06-15 06:38:40

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. These bogs are normally scant in the way of nitrogen, therefore the plants have taken to snacking on insects to supplement their diet. However, as human activities (such as industrialization and other...

The Nanotechnology Of Sundew And English Ivy
2011-10-18 10:40:51

Researchers are studying the adhesive properties of sundew plants and the nanoparticles in English ivy for innovative medical applications Fifteen small sundew plants perch on a window sill, collecting sunlight and eating meat in the lab of Mingjun Zhang on the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus. Sundew plants are carnivores, consuming insects by capturing them with small adhesive balls on the ends of their tentacles. The tentacles and their adhesive properties may be nature's...

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2009-07-20 13:25:00

Scientists have traced the origin of the Venus flytrap and another predatory plant back to a single ancestor with sticky leaves. Botanists told BBC Earth News that the plants' evolution was a result of the need to devour larger animals. This evolution caused the plants to develop new forms of weapons, including teeth and sensor hairs. There are several plants known to man that hunt prey using an array of tools. Scientists focused on the Venus flytrap and the waterwheel plant. The waterwheel...

2009-01-19 15:59:16

A new device to stop fleeing drivers was modeled after and named for the ocean squid, says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Safe Quick Undercarriage Immobilization Device -- SQUID -- is about the size of a small tire and costs under $1,000, the department said in a statement. When deployed, the device becomes a mass of tentacles entangling the axle of vehicles large and small, said Martin Martinez, president of Engineering Science Analysis Corp. of Tempe, Ariz., which designed...

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2008-04-28 16:05:00

Scientists in New Zealand have begun thawing a colossal squid specimen on Monday in hopes to learn more about the rare and mysterious ocean creatures.The squid is more than 34 feet long and weighs half a ton and is currently thawing in a bath of saltwater. Scientists in Wellington then plan to dissect it in order to learn about the species, which live largely in the cold Antarctic waters and can grow up to 50 feet long."They're incredibly rare"”this is probably one of maybe six...

2007-08-08 03:05:00

By Simon Usborne It was a journey to the bottom of the Gulf of Maine in 2005 that inspired Claire Nouvian to put together an unprecedented showcase of creatures from the bottom of our seas. Plunging down 1,000 metres in a pressurised submersible, she calls the experience the "most incredible moment" of her life. "It was so beautiful and so intense, it changed me for ever." Two years on, the French wildlife journalist and film director has amassed a gallery of mesmerising finned octopuses,...

2005-09-28 06:30:19

By Takanori Isshiki TOKYO (Reuters) - The first photographs of a live giant squid -- one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean -- suggest it is a more active creature than previously thought, a Japanese scientist said on Wednesday. Until now the only information about the behaviour of the creatures which measure up to 18 metres (59 feet) in length has been based on dead or dying squid washed up on shore or captured in commercial fishing nets. But Tsunemi Kubodera, of...


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2012-04-03 20:31:13

Bathykorus bouilloni is a species of jellyfish found in the Arctic Ocean at depths of 2,600 feet below sea level and extending to roughly 8,200 feet below sea level. Its range extends around Greenland and the north of Canada. This jellyfish is a recently discovered specimen that was first described in 2010. It is the only species within its genus, Bathykorus. Its genus name is derived from the Greek words bathy, meaning “deep” and korus, meaning “helmet,” which refers to the depth...

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2012-04-03 19:15:23

The Purple-striped Jelly (Chrysaora colorata), also known as the Mauve Stinger, is a species of jellyfish found primarily off the coast of California in Monterey Bay. This species has been studied closely by scientists hoping to gain a better understanding about the creature’s eating habits. The bell (body) of the jellyfish is up to 27.6 inches in diameter, with a radial pattern of stripes. The tentacles vary with age of each individual, consisting mainly of eight long dark arms, and...

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