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spider in "tiptoe stance"

TIPPY TOES  Before ballooning into the breeze, spiders adopt the “tiptoe stance” seen here, and release silk threads. New research suggests that spiders can sense electric fields and perhaps use them as a cue to balloon.

venus flytrap

WITH A SNAP The leaves of the Venus flytrap capture prey through a process called snap-buckling. The outer leaf surface expands until it’s too much for the inner surface of the leaf to bear.

bowhead whale

BLOW HARD  Bowhead whales sing a huge variety of songs beneath the sea ice, especially when searching for a mate, a new study finds.

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