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How cats get clean, stay cool

WASHINGTON --- Cat lovers know when kitties groom, their tongues are pretty scratchy. Using high-tech scans and some other tricks, scientists are learning how those sandpapery tongues help cats get clean and stay cool. The secret: Tiny hooks that spring up on the tongue --- with scoops built in to carry saliva deep into all that fur. A team of mechanical engineers reported the findings on Monday, and said they re more than a curiosity. They could lead to inventions for pets and people. Their tongue could help us apply fluids, or clean carpets, or apply medicine to hairy skin, said Georgia Tech lead researcher Alexis Noel, who is seeking a patent for a 3D-printed, cat tongue...

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