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The tongues of cats are covered in claw-shaped hooks that spring into action when it's time to groom. Built-in scoops carry saliva to the skin to cool it down. Cat lovers know that 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 enginees reported the findings Monday, and say 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 Institute of Technology lead researcher Alexis Noel, who is seeking a patent for a 3D-printed, tongue-inspired brush. Cats are fastidious, spending up to a quarter of their waking hours grooming. Noel's interest was piqued when her cat, Murphy, got his tongue