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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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ScienceShot: Archer Fish See the World Like People Do
13 September 2010 3:03 pm
Spotting a vertical column in a field of horizontal lines may seem like an easy task, but until now it's one that researchers thought only mammals could nail. Enter the Archer fish (Toxotes jaculatrix). This striped swimmer hunts prey by shooting it down with a jet of water from as far as a meter away. The skill is tied to the fish's ability to easily spot objects that are oriented differently from its background, researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In lab experiments, Archer fish squirted water at a vertical black bar in a background of horizontal bands with 40% more accuracy than when the bar was in the same orientation as its background. So if you're a tall, skinny insect standing upright on a horizontal branch, lay low!
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