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How Venus Flytraps Avoid Snapping Up Lousy Meals

• LiveScience

Past research found the flytrap leaves close so quickly - in under a second - because they snap from convex to concave the same way that a contact lens can flip inside out.

The new findings suggest that a Venus flytrap's chemical signals work much like those in the human brain. Like neurotransmitters, the plant chemicals accumulate until they affect the plants' cell membranes, creating electrical imbalances that cells use to communicate. 

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