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The Stick, the Leaf, and the Eggs, Solving a Century Old Mystery
Leaf and stick insects are extremely difficult to observe effectively in the wild. Their impressive camouflage, typically coupled with sexual dimorphism, often means that even the scientists who study them have never seen wild individuals and only know certain species from one particular sex. It wasn’t until the Montreal Insectarium came into the possession of a leaf insect egg clutch, that they could unravel a century old mystery presented by these camouflaged critters.
Contrary to movie myth, avalanches are not triggered by loud noises. They occur as the result of unstable snow conditions and are typically triggered by the physical movement of a person. Over 150 people worldwide are killed in avalanches every year. Knowing how and why these natural disasters occur may help people protect themselves and others.
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