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Posts tagged antifreeze

June 25, 2013

 

mosquito on yellow surface

Mosquitos In Winter

When it gets cold, a biochemical process replaces some of the water in the mosquito's body with glycerol.

December 5, 2011

 

painted turtle

Painted Turtles Have A Natural Antifreeze

Although painted turtles don't have much else in common with automobiles, their wintertime coping strategies include antifreeze, too.

September 8, 2009

 

Colorful backyard garden

How To Defend Your Gardens From Frostbite: Antifreeze For Plants

If you enjoy gardening, you know how much it can cost to keep your plants alive. You also know how frustrating it is when an unexpected frost destroys them.

September 27, 2003

 

Frozen Fish

Can fish and other aquatic creatures really survive in a state of suspended animation until spring?

September 27, 2003

 

Falling Leaves

Why can’t leaves change colors, stay on their trees, and change back to green again when spring comes?

September 27, 2003

 

Fish Antifreeze

In this Moment of Science, we discuss fish that do not freeze even in very cold water.

September 27, 2003

 

Don’t Kiss that Frog

Frogs also aren’t fussy eaters: any live prey will do. Some large species of frogs can gulp up a mouse, bat, or small snake in one mouthful, which is fortunate, because frogs can’t chew. If they have any teeth at all, they’re usually only good for holding onto the prey.

September 27, 2003

 

Mosquitoes in Winter

First, it reduces ice formation within the mosquito’s cells, so that water hardens like glass but doesn’t form ice crystals that can then damage the cells.

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