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Creatures Quarantine Sick
Lobsters are skilled marine medics able to diagnose sickness in their neighbours, scientists have found.
The creatures not only detect a lethal virus before it produces any symptoms, but also quarantine those infected by cutting them off from the rest of the group.
Researchers made the discovery while observing Caribbean spiny lobsters off the coast of Florida in the US.
Exactly how the crustaceans manage to play doctor is a mystery, but it is thought they may "smell" chemical signals from lobsters that are ill.
Scientists have, for the first time, identified the mechanism allowing geckos to defy gravity and are using the discovery to develop a new type of adhesive.
Similarly, using Fearing's device, it was shown that pulling away is not enough to disengage. The strength of attachment is so strong that a single gecko hair, could bend the aluminum wire. In fact, a researcher said, "a single hair could lift an ant, while a million hairs covering an area the size of a dime could lift a small child of about 45 pounds".
Originally posted by infinite8
Maybe I got one of the outsiders in the group.