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2010-07-08 13:23:36

New species of pancake batfishes discovered in the Gulf of Mexico Although the Gulf of Mexico has been intensively surveyed by scientists and picked over by fishermen, it is still home to fishes that are waiting to be described. New research published in the Journal of Fish Biology describes two new species of pancake batfishes (Halieutichthys intermedius and H. bispinosus) and re-describes another (H. aculeatus), all of which live in waters either partially or fully encompassed by the recent...

2008-07-20 09:00:00

By Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 20--Some folks seem scared that Tracy Rowlett left local TV news to report for an energy company's Web site. Frankly, I'm more scared by what I see on TV news. Every report lately is either frightening or silly. If it isn't a breathless warning against swimming or eating a vegetable, it's a vanity tip about, say, "How to Stay Looking Salon-Fresh All Night." Or maybe another ATM is gone. Or another fancy apartment was robbed. In...

Word of the Day
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'