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  1. TechnologyThese weird sea creatures inspire body armor with built-in...Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday | RedOrbit

    A team of MIT researchers are drawing inspiration from a type of aquatic creatures known as chitons-who have miniature eyes embedded directly in their hard protective shells-to develop new body armor with built-in optics that could be used to monitor surroundings. MIT professor Christine Ortiz, as well as colleagues from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based institute, Harvard University and elsewhere, reported in the latest edition of the journal that the chiton Acanthopleura granulata possesses "an integrated sensory system" that "includes hundreds of eyes with aragonite-based lenses," providing both sight and protection.


  2. Birds impress mates by walking on waterRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2015 | RedOrbit

    If you've ever felt like you'd have to be able to walk on water to impress your significant other, take comfort in the fact that there's a North American waterbird that knows exactly what you're going through - because that's exactly what they have to do to get and keep a mate. In fact, according to a recent Journal of Experimental Biology study, western and Clark's grebes use water running to attract the interest of a mate during a display known as rushing.


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