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  1. Let a Lady From the Museum Of Natural History Tell You How to Preserve Prehistoric Fish for Scientific Posterity

    Featuring an awesome lady scientist!

    "Shelf Life" is the American Museum of Natural History's new series of exploratory, fun science videos, offering us a glimpse of the rare items and specimens they've got tucked away in their collection. This month, Ichthyology Curator Melanie L. J. Stiassny tells us how a species once thought to be extinct suddenly resurfaced, and shows us what kind of data they're able to extract from the limited number of samples that come their way. Also, she's right—they are pretty cute.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Danny Brown Is Writing A Book About Self-Esteem In Black Girls

    Rapper Danny Brown told an Australian radio station that he's writing a Dr. Seuss-style book for his daughter "about self-esteem in black girls." Brown says the book focuses on "how black women do so much—process their hair, change their eye color. It’s really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realizes she’s just better off the way she is." Sell it. Please. Sell it. (via Nerdist, image via DeShaun Craddock)

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  3. Dorkly Presents a Quidditch Pitch Aquarium and 15 Other Nerdy Homes for Fish

    Gillyweed not included.

    All the Impervius spells can't help you now, Harry.

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  4. According to Scientists, Sex Was Invented In Scotland

    Ooch aye.

    Not by Scotsmen, sadly—it was prehistoric fish. But a girl can dream.

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  5. Successful Brain Surgery Performed On 10-Year-Old Goldfish Named George

    Nurse! I'm going to need some bloodworms, stat!

    Sometimes, gold can stay: according to the the BBC, a beloved 10-year-old pet goldfish named George was recently saved from euthanasia after undergoing successful "high risk" brain surgery to remove a massive brain tumor. Says George, "Who? You did what? What's this wall doing here? Where am I? Huh? What's this wall doing here?"

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  6. Fish Cannon Does Exactly What You Think It Does, But Probably For a Better Reason

    Why isn't this a weapon in Bioshock?

    Salmon face a nearly sisyphean task in swimming upstream to spawn. It's hard enough going against the current, but obstacles like dams can make it impossible for the fish to complete their journey. What is a fish to do? Thankfully, some intrepid engineers have designed a fish cannon. Which, as the name implies, is a cannon that fires fish.

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  7. Fish Communicate Via Farts, Nature is Truly a Beautiful Thing

    Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water.

    It's long been known that herring are noisy fish, especially when they're chilling in groups. Now a team of scientists have discovered that herring use air emissions from their anus to communicate with their species, and just in case you're still not clear what's going on here, the sound has been christened "Fast Repetitive Tick", or FRT.

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  8. Male Guppy Sperm Actually Travels Faster In The Prescence of Their Sisters

    The things I do for prolonging our genetic line.

    Inbreeding is generally thought of as a bad thing, because for most species it is. Even if we set aside the ickiness, most species thrive best with a higher gene variation, which you don't get after sleeping around within your own gene pool for a few generations. Except guppies, apparently. Male guppies are aaall about the sister sex.

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

    Guys, if you build them robot bodies, how will they ever evolve to walk on land?

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

    Don't go into the African fresh bodies of water (especially if you are a defenseless little barnswallow).

    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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