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But cockroaches do not have blood pressure the way people do. "They don't have a huge network of blood vessels like that of humans, or tiny capillaries that you need a lot of pressure to flow blood through," Kunkel says. " "After you cut their heads off, very often their necks would seal off just by clotting," he adds. " The hardy vermin breathe through spiracles, or little holes in each body segment. Plus, the roach brain does not control this breathing and blood does not carry oxygen throughout the body.

Maybe some cats can use their [Tas1r3 receptor] to taste high concentrations of sugar," Brand says. " Scientists do know, however, that cats can taste things we cannot, such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the compound that supplies the energy in every living cell. "There isn't a lot hanging around in meat, but it's a signal for meat," Brand says. And plenty of other animals have a different array of receptors, Li says, from chickens that also lack the sweet gene to catfish that can detect amino acids in water at nanomolar concentrations.

A large mushroom farm can produce as much as one million pounds (454 metric tons) of them in a year. "The mushrooms that people grow in the mushroom houses—they're nearly genetically identical from one grower to another," Smith says. " In fact, humongous may be in the nature of things for a fungus. "We think that these things are not very rare," Volk says. " --Originally published: Scientific American Online October 4, 2007. Dogs Can Talk by Tina Adler Maya, a noisy, seven-year-old pooch, looks straight at me.

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