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black ghost knifefish
2014-02-17 04:18:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The black ghost knifefish, a type of electric creature found in the Amazon basin of South America, has inspired researchers from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to develop new aquatic technology that could be used to study coral reefs, repair damaged deep-sea oil rigs or investigate sunken ships. According to BBC News Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos, black ghost knifefish let off a tiny current as they swim in...

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2011-01-19 11:10:00

By Megan Fellman, Northwestern University Mechanical Amazonian fish could pave way for highly agile underwater robots Researchers at Northwestern University have created a robotic fish that can move from swimming forward and backward to swimming vertically almost instantaneously by using a sophisticated, ribbon-like fin. The robot -- created after observing and creating computer simulations of the black ghost knifefish -- could pave the way for nimble robots that could perform underwater...


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2007-02-21 16:48:01

The Black Ghost knifefish, Apteronotus albifrons, is a tropical fish belonging to the ghost knifefish family (Apteronotidae). They originate in South America in the Amazon Basin in Peru and from Venezuela through Paraguay in the Paraná Rivers. They are sometimes found in aquaria. The fish is all black except for two white rings on its tail. It moves mainly by undulating a long fin on its underside. It will grow to a maximum length of 20 in (50 cm). The Black Ghost knifefish natively...

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