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  1. Tech

    Someone Built a Goldfish a Robot Body. Great, One More Apocalypse to Worry About

    You know what's scary about a goldfish? Nothing. Then you put one in a swimming-controlled robot body, and soon we'll be calling them "Mr. Goldfish," or just sir, because they'll be our aqua-robotic overlords. For now, though, a fish driving a robot body around is adorably surreal. Let's just not scale this up to sharks, OK?

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  2. Science

    Video of Flying Tigerfish Proves They Are as Scary as They Sound

    Because a meter-long African fish with sixteen razor-sharp teeth wasn't already horrifying, video footage has been taken for the first time proving that the freshwater tigerfish find their hapless prey in the sky as well as underwater. Monsters of the world, shots have been fired.

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  3. Weird

    The “Testicle-Biting Fish” Has Been Spotted Again, This Time In New Jersey

    Sure, we all made jokes when the Pacu, an exotic fish species with an unusual (and apparently false) reputation for biting at people's junk, was found in a Denmark River recently. But now one has been discovered in Passaic, New Jersey, just 15 miles outside of New York. We don't think it's funny anymore. Everybody stop laughing.

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  4. Science

    Just Like a Lot of Humans, Coelacanths are Mostly Monogamous and Don’t Mate With Relatives

    German scientists have been hard at work analyzing the genetic makeup of coelacanth offspring to learn more bout their mating patterns. What they found is that the coelacanth generally isn't into the multiple mating scene -- which is pretty unusual, as most fish species love to get all up in one another's gills. Get it? Gills? Aaaaah.

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  5. Weird

    Something Rotten In the State of Denmark: Testicle-Biting Fish Reportedly On The Rise

    As with the coming of Fortinbras, Denmark is once again facing threat of foreign invasion. Except this time around it's not a fictional Norwegian prince so much as a species of fish related to the piranha and that likes to go after peoples' testicles. Yikes. I think we can all agree that fratricide and incest would be way more preferable.

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  6. Science

    Worst Superpower Ever: Young Angelfish Able to Grow Fake Eyes on Their Butts to Ward Off Predators

    You know those novelty glasses with pictures of eyes on them that you can wear while taking a nap to make people think you're really awake? Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and Australia's James Cook University have found a fishy equivalent: Young angelfish are able to grow false eyes on demand when exposed to predators.

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  7. Science

    Guppy Genitals Have Claws, So… Yeah… Genital Claws

    The world of guppy genitals has been called an "arms race" which sounds horrifying enough without the knowledge that male guppies have claws at the end of their genitals, but as it turns out they do. A new study looked at exactly what purpose the genital claws serve, and as you might imagine, it's a rather unpleasant one.

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  8. Tech

    Meet RoboCarp, The First Robotic Fish That Can Dive, Surface, Consume Bread Crumbs (One Day)

    Scientists have been attempting to perfect the robotic fish for years in order to perform difficult underwater maneuvers such as exploring sunken shipwrecks or detect leaks in pipelines. Now, we're one step closer to robot fish perfection, as the National University of Singapore has released a next generation fish-bot that, in addition to being able to move laterally from side to side, can also dive and float just like a real fish. Naturally, this machine is being called "RoboCarp," because it's probably illegal to name it anything else.

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  9. Science

    Drunk Fish Reactions to Robotic Lady Fish Help Scientists Study Alcohol

    Typically when studying how alcohol affects the brain, scientists use rats and mice, but it could be last call for rodents. The Polytechnic Institute of New York has a new solution about how to study alcohol -- drunk fish and robots. The new method is supposed to be more efficient at getting consistent data, and it turns out drunk fish don't behave like drunk humans.

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  10. Weird

    There is a Japanese Art Form Based Around Dipping Fish in Ink and Making Prints of Them [Video]

    Today in "Things I Didn't Know" news: The latest cartoon from TED-Ed traces the origins and evolution of one of the strangest art forms I've ever heard of -- gyotaku, the art of making ink prints on rice paper using fish. Initially conceived as a way for Japanese fishermen to brag on the size of a catch while still throwing the fish back, gyotaku became popular in the courts of the Edo period, though its fortunes have since waned, presumably because there is only so much one can do with with a fish, artistically speaking.

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  11. Weird

    New York Subway Project May Be Threatened by Electric Eels… Wait, What?

    Between traffic, crowds, and inane drive-time DJs, you might think nothing could make your commute worse. Think again. According to an officer of the New York subway system, a planned train line extension in the city could be plagued by an unexpected menace -- electric eels. Just how the eels would get to New York from their mostly tropical homes remains a mystery, but as someone who rides the New York subway every day, I can confirm that it wouldn't really surprise anyone.

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  12. Science

    This Fish Has Clear Blood, No Scales, But Still Has a Big Heart

    The deep ocean has all the coolest creatures. Fish with bioluminescence, giant isopods, gulper eels. If it's weird, glowing, or inhabits your nightmares, Earth's depths probably has it. But have you heard of the Ocellated Ice Fish, the deep-dwelling aquatic vertebrate in the Antarctic Ocean that has completely transparent blood? It's not scary, but it is exotic and its unusual physical traits don't end there, either.

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  13. Science

    Radiation From Fukushima Could Help Solve the Mystery of Bluefin Tuna Migration

    A team of researchers is making the best of a bad situation and trying to use the lasting effects of radiation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor to help environmental conservation efforts. In the years since the meltdown, marine biologists have found traces of radiation from the meltdown in bluefin tuna as far afield as California. That radiation, though, could help marine biologists map the ill-understood migration routes of the tuna. That better understanding of the life cycle and habits of the bluefin could be brought to bear in efforts to protect the valuable food fish from overfishing, a growing concern for pretty much every tuna species.

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  14. Science

    Male Guppies Hang With Their Ugliest Friends to Improve Their Own Chances of Getting Some

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, plenty of us are getting our annual harsh reminder that finding love can be really, really hard. We might like to say it's not so, but the fact is, whether you're a guppy or a human, looks count for a lot in the dating game. Like most things, though, looks are all relative -- the worse looking the crowd we find ourselves in, the better looking we seem to be. According to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Science B, guppies  looking for love long ago perfected the mating tactic of surrounding themselves with specimens less attractive than they are, a tried and true human trait on display in bars across the world every weekend.

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  15. Science

    First Ever Video Of A Thought Taking Shape Captured [Video]

    Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Genetics believe they've captured a world first video -- images of a thought making it's way through the brain of a zebrafish. It's not a particularly complicated thought -- essentially 'Hey, that looks like it could be food.' -- but the fact that the team has imaged the very stuff of even simple thought for the first time is really kind of amazing -- not unlike magic. Keep reading to see the video of this unprecedented look into the mind of a zebrafish.

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