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World’s Rivers Rife with Drugs: Study
Levels of pharmaceuticals considered unsafe for aquatic organisms were found at more than one-quarter of sampling sites.
World’s Rivers Rife with Drugs: Study
World’s Rivers Rife with Drugs: Study

Levels of pharmaceuticals considered unsafe for aquatic organisms were found at more than one-quarter of sampling sites.

Levels of pharmaceuticals considered unsafe for aquatic organisms were found at more than one-quarter of sampling sites.

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ABOVE: A pair of Labroides dimidiatus cleaner fish cleaning a puffer fish
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Chloe Tenn | Oct 7, 2021 | 4 min read
A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.
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Some Barnacles Can Move Around to Improve Feeding Position
Chloe Tenn | Oct 6, 2021 | 7 min read
The Scientist spoke with marine biologist and barnacle researcher John Zardus about why turtle barnacles—previously thought to be immobile—in fact slowly travel. He thinks the answer is food.
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An Australian water beetle walks on the underside of the water's surface.
Australian Beetles Walk on the Underside of Water’s Surface
Lisa Winter | Jul 15, 2021 | 1 min read
Watch one scurry around upside down in a remarkably unusual form of locomotion.
Bald Eagle Killer Identified
Abby Olena, PhD | Mar 25, 2021 | 5 min read
After a nearly 30-year hunt, researchers have shown that a neurotoxin generated by cyanobacteria on invasive plants is responsible for eagle and waterbird deaths from vacuolar myelinopathy.
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Researchers Detect Land Animals Using DNA in Nearby Water Bodies
Nayanah Siva | Apr 27, 2020 | 5 min read
Monitoring the comings and goings of aquatic life with traces of DNA in water has become an established biomonitoring technique, but scientists are now using environmental DNA to assess terrestrial animals.
Image of the Day: Ochre Paint
Emily Makowski | Nov 26, 2019 | 2 min read
This ancient red pigment came from underwater.
Image of the Day: Bubbling Plants
Emily Makowski | Nov 18, 2019 | 1 min read
Plants use two different strategies to photosynthesize underwater.
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Newly Described Electric Eel Has Strongest Voltage Yet Measured
Kerry Grens | Sep 10, 2019 | 2 min read
The same study also finds there are three species of Electrophorus, rather than one.
Pinpointing the Origin of Marbled Crayfish Clones
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2018 | 5 min read
Research suggests that the invasive, all-female Procambarus virginalis originated in a German aquarium back in the 1990s.
Opinion: Use Pollution Models to Support Stream Sampling
Jacelyn Rice and Paul Westerhoff | Jul 11, 2017 | 3 min read
Modeling gives insight to the critical role of streamflow conditions when assessing the concentrations of endocrine disrupting compounds.  
Reconstructing the Effects of the Fur Trade in the Brazilian Amazon
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Researchers use a century of trade records to uncover differences in the resilience of terrestrial and aquatic species.
Elephant Footprints Create Habitat for Tiny Aquatic Creatures
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016 | 4 min read
Researchers discover diverse communities of invertebrates inhabiting the water-filled tracks of elephants in Uganda.
Leader in Biomechanics Dies
Kerry Grens | Dec 1, 2015 | 1 min read
Duke’s Steven Vogel studied how plants and animals adapt to the physical world.
Water Fleas, 1755
Jenny Rood | Jun 1, 2015 | 3 min read
A German naturalist trains a keen eye and a microscope on a tiny crustacean to unlock its secrets.
Did Spinosaurus Swim?
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 15, 2014 | 2 min read
Most complete skeleton suggests the dinosaurs were semi-aquatic hunters. 
Something Is Killing Asian Carp
Kerry Grens | Apr 29, 2014 | 2 min read
Half a million invasive silver carp are dead in a Kentucky river, and nobody knows why.
Book Excerpt from Radial Symmetry
Katherine Larson | Dec 2, 2011 | 2 min read
Poet Katherine Larson explores the intersection of art and science through the lyrical works "Metamorphosis" and "Crypsis and Mimicry."
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