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Modern Marvels: Nature's Engineers 2

03/02/2005 10:32 AM

This episode is a very nice combination of two things I like: the typical Modern Marvels style of getting excited by tunnel boring machines, and a nature show (which I can watch almost endlessly... just ask my wife).

So, just how do naked mole rats organize to dig their burrows?
A: By forming a mole rat conveyor belt, with one individual moving his dirt behind him while moving backwards, while the rest of the workers climb over him, until they reach the front! Very cool.

Lots of fun stuff.

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Naked Mole Rats

03/06/2005 2:09 AM

My favorite Heroine, Kim Possible, has a sidekick that is a naked mole rat named Rufus. www.fantasykat.com/ shows/Images/Rufusthumb.jpg Rufus, the Naked Mole Rat (VA Nancy Cartwright): This offbeat animal companion is very close to Ron, who looks after the little rodent constantly. Rufus often plays a pivotal role in the plot despite his diminutive size.

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Naked Mole Rat Cam at the National Zoo

03/06/2005 2:40 AM

The National Zoo has been running a camera on their naked mole rats for at least five years. It's recently been upgraded to streaming video. Check it out here, about halfway down the page

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