Category Archives: Science

Arapaima Rediscovered

Shaking up conventional belief and previous observations, Donald Stewart, a fisheries professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), has published his research findings in a recent issue of the journal Copeia, describing sub-species of the arapaima, … more

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The Coming Cicada Invasion

Cicadas are the sound of summer, as well as a unique hatch to fish on the fly. And once every 17 years, the annual “dog days” cicadas, as Dr. Matt Frye of Cornell University explains, are joined by periodical cicadas … more

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White Blooded: The Icefish

Among known vertebrates, of which there are around 50,000, there is only one that lacks red blood cells and hemoglobin: Chaenocephalus aceratus, also known as the Icefish. Its blood runs transparent, like the icy waters it calls home.  And the … more

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Dragonflies: Nature’s Drone

For their aerial grace they’re admired, and many an angler has stood transfixed by their acrobatics while fishing a stillwater lake or pond. However recent research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds light on one … more

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How Insects Got Their Wings

Scientists have pinpointed the genetic activity that resulted in the development of insect wings.   The research is pivotal for understanding evolutionary history, says Amanda Simcox, professor of molecular genetics at The Ohio State University and lead author of the … more

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Ice Age Hooks Discovered

Mammoth tusk hooks have been unearthed by scientists in a field near Wustermark, Germany. Dating from ice age hunters around 12,300 ago, these hooks are the oldest found and suggest earlier development of fishing tools than previously thought. Chasing fish … more

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Anti-Anxiety Drugs Impact Fish Behavior

As mounting evidence of the problem of pharmaceuticals in water sources, a study published in a recent issue of the journal Science found that fish living in waters testing positive for traces of anti-anxiety drugs had altered behavior—including anti-social and … more

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Magnetic Fields Lead Salmon Home

The migration of salmon has always been inspiring, and new research published February 7 in the journal Current Biology sheds some light on how they manage to navigate seas to reach their river of birth: magnetic fields.  “To find their … more

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On the Question of Pain

Debate over the ethics of recreational fishing is long-running, and its practice and participants often called inhumane. But the research of University of Wisconsin professor of zoology and physiology Jim Rose recently published in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries might … more

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Fish Science: From Water to Land

In a paper published in a recent issue of the journal Developmental Cell, scientists from the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain have reproduced the evolutionary substrate of fish growing legs; recording limb alteration in zebra fish by gene … more

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