Mariana Snailfish : As Deep As A Fish Can Go

When the Mariana snailfish (Pseudoliparis swirei) was discovered a couple of years ago it was a big deal, because no fish has ever been brought up from greater depth. How do fish survive, kilometres down in the ocean? Why is this one named after someone called Swire? And what does it all have to do with The Lost World, a space shuttle and a famous film director?

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Crowned Eagle : The Predator Next Door

The Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) is one of the largest birds of prey in Africa. It’s probably the most powerful and almost certainly the one that regularly goes after the biggest prey. But is the crowned eagle, as is sometimes suggested, the only living bird to qualify for the description ‘man-eater’?

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