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Electric eels, one of the most dangerous fish

  DESPITE the name, it is not an eel, but rather a knife fish, and is more closely related to catfish and carp than to other eel families. They have long, narrow bodies with long dorsal and anal fins. A full-grown electric eel (1.5 m to 2m) can generate about 600 volts of electricity. They […]

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200-year-old account of electric eels

  ALEXANDER von Hum­boldt (1769-1859) was a notable German geographer, explorer, and naturalist. He is widely recognized for his works on botanical geography which laid the foundation for biogeography. To this day, he is known as one of the most significant contributors to the earth sciences. In March 1800, while he was exploring the Orinoco […]

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Encourage men to use parasols

  THE word “parasol” is ac­tually derived from “para” (defense against) and “sol” (sun). Parasols in Europe were originally used by state­ly ladies adapting Asian-style umbrellas to secure stylish, and mobile shade. Parasols existed long before modern rain umbrellas. Officials in Japan have urged men to carry parasols to protect themselves from scorching summer tempera­ture. […]

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Vertical farming in Singapore

  IN Singapore, more than 5.5 million people live in a small area of 720Km2. As more and more towering apartment buildings are built, what little land was available for farming was disappeared fast. Only seven percent of Sin­gapore’s food is grown locally. The country imports most of its fresh vegetables and fruits dai­ly from […]

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Boom in jellyfish blooms (Part 2)

  SHINICHI Ue, a professor at Japan’s Hiroshima University, warned that “the world’s seas will be in big trouble”, if the interna­tional community “fails to get seri­ous about countermeasures against jellyfish massive outbreaks.” A study by Ue found the jellyfish, especially Nomura jellyfish, are born in northern parts of the East China Sea. China’s coastal […]

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Boom in jellyfish blooms

  JELLYFISH are found all over the world, from surface waters to the deep sea. Jel­lyfish have been in existence for at least 500 million years, and possibly 700 million years or more making them the old­est multi-organ animal group. They are boneless, bloodless and brainless. Jellies drift at the mercy of the currents, though […]

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