mantis shrimp


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Remarkably, two mantis shrimp can duke it out and remain unscathed afterward. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions," 13 July 2019 They are eaten by virtually any reef predator—fish, mantis shrimps, crabs, even some predatory mollusks. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Coral reefs depend on lots of fish the size of jellybeans," 23 May 2019 Three-year-old An Biên specializes in Haiphong-style seafood, like thick bánh da noodles in a rich crab-and-pork broth, or plump mantis shrimp to dunk in a bubbling hot pot. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Ever the Marvel fan, Mikel-Stites pushed for Dazzler, who has sonoluminescent powers (think the sonic shock wave produced by the powerful snap of a mantis shrimp's claw, writ large). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Insect-inspired microfluidics could help Ant-Man and the Wasp breathe," 18 Nov. 2018 But perhaps that’s not giving the mantis shrimp enough credit. Matt Simon, WIRED, "'Ninjabot' Reveals the Mantis Shrimp's Wily Snail-Hunting Scheme," 14 June 2018 Leave it to the multi-talented mantis shrimp to unlock the secret to underwater GPS. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Lost at sea? This camera mimics way shrimp see and might help rescuers find you | Miami Herald," 4 Apr. 2018 Fossils of mantis shrimp, shark teeth, dinoflagellates and saline-loving bacteria were discovered deep beneath the rain forest. Jackson Landers, Smithsonian, "A Vast and Now Vanished Amazon Sea Is Discovered," 5 May 2017 Researchers discovered that the brain of mantis shrimp contains memory and learning centers, called mushroom bodies, which so far have been seen only in insects. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Mantis shrimp brain contains memory and learning centers found only in insects," 6 Oct. 2017

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