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Re: insects - not! (OT)
On Sat, 30 Apr 2005, David Marjanovic wrote:
> This is also true for myriapods*, but not for spiders. Spiders have "book
> lungs" which transfer oxygen from the air to the blood. Mwahah! Perhaps
> there's a limiting factor in there -- haemocyanin(e?) (a more or less
> turquoise pigment that contains copper) binds oxygen less efficiently than
> haemoglobin (the vertebrate stuff, red, with iron... even though the iron
> isn't the reason for the red color!).
actually, i believe cockroaches have a similar breathing mechanism? i
know i read an article about their breathing which is not the same as
other insects, but, alas, i am much more of a physics geek and can't
remember the details!
let's start a war on HOMELESSNESS!