Category Archives: Science

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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WSJ: “Fish Flies” Invade Tony Michigan Towns

It’s worth checking out the Wall Street Journal‘s reportage on the annual hexagenia hatch just for the picture of the guy with the snowblower clearing the “foul smelling” fish flies off the sidewalk.  The reporter note at one point that … more

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Rod Design: Innovation and “Stuff”

Matt Ridley writes in this morning’s Wall Street Journal about the common thread (or fiber) in the design of modern fly rods: the belief that technology and advances in materials science have taken over from an emphasis on tapers and … more

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Spider Silk’s Biothermal Magic

OK, we’re writing about this today just because we love bugs, occasionally fish spider patterns, and think this is very cool.  Scientist Xinwei Wang, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State, has discovered with the help of two associates that … more

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