Category Archives: Science

GPSs Used to Monitor Drought in the West

Scientists are using a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations throughout the western United States, which were originally intended for early earthquake detection, to show vanishing water supplies and the impact of drought upon the landscape. “All of a … more

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Desert Dust & Oceans

New research out of the University of South Carolina is shedding light on iron levels in the world’s oceans, revealing that “life in the deep ocean depended on an annual delivery of fertilizer from one of the world’s emptiest and … more

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Steelhead: School of Hard Knocks

What’s in a name? Bill McMillan explains the origins of “steelhead” in a great piece on Oncorhynchus mykiss. “Most came to consider the name’s origin to be a description of the blue gun-metal-steel color along the steelhead’s top of head … more

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Angling on Eight Legs

While anglers are accustomed to birds competing for their quarry, entomologists now have shown that spiders are deadly on the water as well. Get a closer look at how and why spiders prey on fish through a photo slide show … more

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Cutthroat Trout and Climate Change

New research published recently in Nature Climate Change suggests a warming climate is impacting native Westslope cutthroat trout in more ways than just range.  It’s allowing increased hybridization with rainbow trout as well. “Hybridization breaks down, or jumbles up, these … more

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Raised Voices

We all drive, walk and bike over countless bridges each day, but we seldom think about the noise we’re creating for the ecosystem below us.  New research published in the April issue of Behavioral Ecology examines how fish are reacting … more

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“Your Inner Fish”

An upcoming three-part series takes a new look at human evolution to reveal how the human body is connected to ancient fish.  “Your Inner Fish” is hosted by paleontologist Neil H. Shubin, who helped discover the Tiktaalik, a species that … more

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“All About Feathers”

Evolved for warmth, flight and weatherproofing, feathers are used by anglers for their movement, flotation and liveliness. Understanding the anatomy of feathers and their biological purpose can help in design at the tying desk, so take some time to check … more

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New Research Suggests Waders, Boots May Not Be Responsible for Didymo Outbreaks

A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences suggests that didymo diatoms may already be present in most waters, and that climate change, not human transport, is the primary factor in “rock snot” outbreaks. According to study leader … more

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Super Fly Muscles

Scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas have designed artificial muscles using fishing line, by twisting and coiling monofilament.  The imitation muscles have proved to be able to lift more than 100 times the weight of a human muscle of … more

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