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Items worth a trip to the library
From urination to flying, the hidden talents of various species are the basis for the following peer-reviewed papers.
"Communal Peeing: A New Mode of Flood Control in Ants," U. Maschwitz, J. Moog, Naturwissenschaften, vol. 87, no. 12, December 2000, p. 563-5. (Thanks to Mark Odegard for bringing this to our attention.)
"Heat Loss in Dumbo: A Theoretical Approach," P.K. Phillips and J.E. Heath, Journal of Thermal Biology, vol. 26, no. 2, April 2001, p. 117-20. (Thanks to Marcus Sprenkel and numerous other readers for bringing this to our attention.) The authors are at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. They report that:
A flat plate model was used to calculate heat loss from the pinnae of the animated elephant Dumbo. In conditions of high wind velocity and large gradients, Dumbo could potentially dissipate more heat than he produces. This suggests that he may need the large ears to help lose the excess heat produced while flying.
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