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Scientists Discover Solar Powered Hornets

adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes | more than 3 years ago

Power 2

adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "The oriental hornet is more active during the day, and tends to become even more active as the temperature rises. And now scientists have discovered the reason: the hornets are solar powered. It turns out that the distinctive yellow stripe on the hornet's abdomen is actually full of tiny protrusions that gather sunlight and harness it for energy. The insect also features a special pigment, called xanthopterin, that helps with the process."
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What do you call a solar powered hornet? (1)

pickens (49171) | more than 3 years ago | (#34493212)

A Green Hornet

Creates electricity or ATP? (1)

pseudochaos (1014063) | more than 3 years ago | (#34497038)

So they've definitely confirmed that this spare electricity that's generated via the hornet's chitin is used in the formation of Adenosine Triphosphate or glucose, the chemical energy and energy storage (respectively) that power fauna? Well, all save those arsenic-philic bacteria that they recently uncovered, but that's a long shot from what we're discussing here.
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