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Porcupines Give You 30,000 Reasons to Back Off

Season 6 Episode 7 | 4m 15s

Porcupines may be adorable, but their quills are razor-sharp, designed to impale and next to impossible to remove. But it's not all bad news. Researchers are designing new surgical staples that mimic the quill's shape to better close wounds and promote healing.

Aired: 04/08/19
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Those rows of orange cluster under a fern leaf are spores waiting to be catapulted away.
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Sharpshooters have super-propulsive urine using a catapult in their butt.
Corals create an underwater "snowstorm" by sending tiny white spheres up the water column.
Ever wonder how those tiny, jumpy flies got onto your bathroom wall?
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This fuzzy acorn weevil uses her snout to drill through an acorn's shell.
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After cochineals die, their legacy lives on in the brilliant red hue produced by their hemolymph!
Those rows of orange cluster under a fern leaf are spores waiting to be catapulted away.
These tiny marine flatworms are smaller than a grain of rice but have amazing abilities!
Sharpshooters have super-propulsive urine using a catapult in their butt.
Corals create an underwater "snowstorm" by sending tiny white spheres up the water column.
Ever wonder how those tiny, jumpy flies got onto your bathroom wall?
Jellyfish clone themselves by morphing into a stack of squirming jellyfish pancakes.
As temperatures rise, the brown dog tick is more likely to feast on you.
This fuzzy acorn weevil uses her snout to drill through an acorn's shell.
Beekeepers and scientists are helping honeybees fight off varroa mites.