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Hungry Venus flytraps snap shut on a host of unfortunate flies

Hungry Venus Flytraps Snap Shut on a Host of Unfortunate Flies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7eQKSf0LmY Carnivorous plants can be thought of as mavericks of the plant kingdom. When faced with limited resources, these botanical marvels tend to bend the rules to come up with clever solutions! There are over 800 species of predatory plants all over the globe!    Many carnivorous plants, like the Venus flytrap, have evolved as …

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Nokota horses are an important yet endangered breed of horses from the badlands of North Dakota

When Were Horses Domesticated?

Nokota horses are an important yet endangered breed of horses from the badlands of North Dakota, Credit: Wikimedia/François Marchal The lives of horses and humans have been interwoven for millennia. Since at least 2,000 B.C.E. horses have had a fond place within human culture, from transport and racing to warfare! While we know much about …

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Molecular Machines of the Body

Molecular Machines of the Body

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_tYrnv_o6A You may not be able to see them, but there are millions upon millions of tiny molecular machines in your body. While machines in the outside world are made of metals, the machines inside your body are made up of proteins.   The molecular machines in cells help organisms perform a range of biological …

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A coral reef

STEM Around Us: Creating Environmentally Safe Sunscreens

In shallow waters close to the shores of islands and continents, there are colorful ecosystems called coral reefs. These reefs are built by coral polyps—a marine animal. A coral reef. Sunscreens are safer for corals now, Credit: Wikimedia/Toby Hudson Although they only occupy a tiny fraction of the Earth’s surface, coral reefs offer food and …

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Cockroaches and Their Eggs!

Cockroaches and Their Eggs!

https://youtu.be/qzkxntU1UA0 Cockroaches, also known as roaches, are common household pests closely related to termites. While cockroaches have been indicators of uncleanliness throughout human history, most cockroach species are not “dirty pests” but live in various habitats. Only 30 cockroach species out of the 4,600 known species roam near human habitats. Cockroaches can tolerate various climatic …

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Fly Over a Martian Crater!

Fly Over a Martian Crater!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T24yNNi8ZmA Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in our solar system. It is a terrestrial planet, having a thin atmosphere and a crust composed of elements similar to Earth. Additionally, its core consists of iron and nickel.   Mars is well-known for the features on its surface, such as impact craters, valleys, dunes, …

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