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Insect wings can shred bacteria to pieces! This video shows how a newly discovered nanostructure on the wings of cicadas can rip certain bacterial membranes to shreds. This structure, perfected by nature as a natural defense against dangerous microbes, could be harnessed by humans to create antimicrobial surfaces.

Sometimes nature is our best innovator.

(More at Nature News)

Nanoshred, FTW

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For the octopus fans out there.

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Scientists are unveiling a rare octopus that has never been on public display before.

And unlike other octopuses, where females have anasty habit of eating their partners during sex, Larger Pacific Striped Octopuses mate by pressing their beaks and suckers against each other in an intimate embrace.

The beautiful creature can also morph from dark red to black-and-white stripes and spots and can shape-shift from flat to expanded. The sea dweller will be on display starting today (Mar. 6) at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

“I’m thrilled that Academy visitors will have the opportunity to view this fascinating animal up close in the aquarium, where they’ll see just why its beauty, unique mating technique and social habits are intriguing the cephalopod community,” said Richard Ross, a biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, in a statement. (via Rare Kissing Octopus Unveiled | LiveScience)

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Engineers also get to play with some pretty exciting toys.

Photos from a tour of Adelaide University’s Mechanical and Electric/Electronic Engineering laboratories.

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