Science: Samplings


Its cussedness is legendary. It will kick its master when it is annoyed, and spit cud at curious bystanders. Despite its vile temper, the camel is prized for its ability to withstand searing desert temperatures with a bagful of survival tricks. Among them are its unusual abilities to retain water in the bloodstream (with the help of high concentrations of a special kind of albumin), sweat so little that its skin almost always feels dry, and keep out heat with a coat of thick fur.

Now Physiologist Knut Schmidt-Nielsen of Duke University and Israeli Zoologist Amiram Shkolnik have explained another dromedary...

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