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Uma Thurman Gets Parasitic Wasp Named After Her Kill Bill Character

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Beatrix Kiddo

Have you seen Kill Bill??

Remember those kick-ass fight scenes where Uma Thurman is just destroying everyone while wearing that seksi yellow jumpsuit??

Well due to her deadliness and her yellowness, her character, Beatrix Kiddo, has gotten a parasitic wasp named after her!

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How Parasites Are Turning Nature Into Zombieland!

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It's funny how the smallest creatures can turn the world into ravenous, mindless, brain eating zombies….

Scientists are beginning to discover why parasites can take over their hosts and force them to do their bidding.

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Wasp Vs. Spider

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When the pompilid wasp meets the bamboo spider, it's always an epic battle.

Watch the wasp climb underground, through the spider's silken defenses and attack head on!

It's a true battle for the ages.

Who will win??

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Oriental Wasp Is The First Animal To Harvest Solar Energy

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Oriental hornet can harness solar energy

A breakthrough discovery has found the Oriental hornet is the first animal capable harvesting sun light into solar power.

Scientists eye brows were raised when they noticed that the Oriental wasp, unlike other wasps, were most active in the middle of the day.

After investigating the phenomena, scientists discovered that an Oriental hornet's shell can trap sunlight, while the pigment xanthopterin converts it to energy.

While, there isn't enough energy found in these little insects to consider utilizing their special skill as a new energy source for us, scientists, like the studies leader Marian Plotkin, still find it fascinating, saying:

"We've seen solar harvesting in plants and bacteria, but never before in animals."

Nature never ceases to amaze us.

Maybe they will find this ability in more animals or insects upon further study and might better understand how to utilize solar energy for our own use.

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