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How bombardier beetles bomb

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Aryel Narvasa
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For as long as researchers have been studying the bombardier beetle they have been baffled by their ability to produce an internal explosion in their abdomen and then expel a jet of boiling, irritating liquid towards their attackers while avoiding any physical damage. Now a team of researchers at MIT, the University of Arizona, and Brookhaven Laboratory have solved the conundrum. (Learn more: http://bit.ly/1GJygo0)

Using high-speed synchrotron X-ray imaging the researchers were able to "see" the inside of the abdomens of living bombardier beetles during explosions.

Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT

X-ray imagery: Ortiz Lab
External high-speed footage: "Bombardier Beetles," ©2012 MIT Harold E. Edgerton Collection, Courtesy of MIT Museum
Still image: Charles Hedgcock and Wendy Moore
Stock media provided by Pond5.com
Music sampled from "Union Hall Melody" by Blue Dot Sessions

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