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Sneaky Venus Flytraps Use Prey For Nutrients And Energy

By Maitreyi Mantha on February 19, 2017
Sneaky Venus Flytraps Use Prey For Nutrients And Energy

The fact that the Dionaea muscipula, or Venus flytrap, feeds on unsuspecting insects by luring them into its jaw-like leaves with sweet-smelling nectar has been known for centuries. However, scientists thought the prey only provided the plant with essential nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous that are severely lacking in their native habitats – the subtropical wetlands of North and South Carolina. They had assumed that like other vegetation the carnivorous plants obtained their energy through photosynthesis – using light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen. It turns out they were wrong.

Otters The Size Of Wolves Once Roamed The Earth

By Ashley Johnson on February 18, 2017
Otters The Size Of Wolves Once Roamed The Earth

A large otter the size of a wolf, roamed the wooded marshlands of China’s Yunnan Province about six million years ago. Xiaoming Wang, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California, and her team arrived at this conclusion after an extensive study of fossils found in the 6.2 million-year-old sediment of the Shuitangba coal mine in Yunnan, China in 2010 and 2015.

Biodegradable Cardboard Drones Designed To Crash And "Die" After Single Use

By Maitreyi Mantha on February 16, 2017
Biodegradable Cardboard Drones Designed To Crash And "Die" After Single Use

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have tremendous potential to deliver emergency supplies to remote or disaster-struck regions. However, they are expensive to mass produce and often require special pads to launch and land safely. Additionally, the need for the aircraft to maintain enough battery life to return, cuts the delivery distance to half. But these issues may be history, thanks to an affordable and disposable drone that is designed for a one way journey.

'Lost Continent' Discovered Under Mauritius In The Indian Ocean

By Kim Bussing on February 15, 2017
'Lost Continent' Discovered Under Mauritius In The Indian Ocean

Move over, Atlantis! A real lost continent has been discovered by a team of geologists led by Lewis D. Ashwal from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The scientists, who have named it Mauritia, believe that the landmass was once part of Gondwana, the supercontinent that included most of the landmasses in the modern-day Southern Hemisphere, and the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent that are now part of the Northern Hemisphere.

Video Of The Week — Venice Carnival Kicks Off With Mesmerizing Water Parade

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017
Video Of The Week — Venice Carnival Kicks Off With Mesmerizing Water Parade

On February 11, thousands of people, many dressed in costumes and masks, gathered at the Rio de Cannaregio in Venice to watch the spectacular water show that marked the opening of the Carnevale di Venezia, or Carnival of Venice. The brainchild of the creative minds at Corona Events artist company, it featured colorful floating structures and acrobatic performers, many of whom were dressed as sea creatures.

New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

By Meera Dolasia on February 13, 2017
New Zealand Experiences Biggest Whale Stranding In Decades

New Zealand is no stranger to beached whales. Every year, rescuers help refloat many disoriented mammals that get stuck in the coastal waters or sand during low tide. However, last week’s simultaneous stranding of two pods, totaling over 650 pilot whales, in the shallow muddy waters of Golden Bay at the northwest tip of South Island is almost unprecedented. Local marine experts say it is the largest known whale stranding since 1985 when 450 of the mammals were found beached in Auckland, and the third largest on record.

Batteries With Built-In Fire Extinguisher May Be The Answer To Exploding Devices

By Viswa Teja on February 11, 2017
Batteries With Built-In Fire Extinguisher May Be The Answer To Exploding Devices

In retrospect, 2016 was a banner year for exploding devices. The trend began when hoverboards — two-wheeled self-balancing motorized devices — randomly began to burst into flames, hurting riders and causing millions of dollars in property damages. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone, which debuted to stellar reviews in August faced similar issues and was withdrawn from the market by October. It turns out that all the mishaps were the result of malfunctioning lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries used to power the devices.

How Valentine's Day Became A Commercial Juggernaut

By Meera Dolasia on February 9, 2017
How Valentine's Day Became A Commercial Juggernaut

Every February 14, people worldwide demonstrate their affection for family members, friends, teachers, and significant others with a gift or two. However, this display of love does not come cheap. The National Retail Federation say that 55% of Americans will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, spending an average of $136.57 USD each. Though lower than the $146.84 USD expended in 2016, it will add a respectable $18 billion USD to the economy! It is no wonder that retailers love the holiday.

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