Sheepshead fish are a common North American marine species that span from Cape Cod and Massachusetts through to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. Preferring coastal habitats around rock pilings, jetties, mangroves, reefs and piers, they can grow up to around 91 cm in length and weigh up to 9.6 kg. They have five to seven distinctive black, vertical bars running down their silvery bodies, which is why the sheepshead is also called the convict fish. And true to their name, sheepshead fish are notorious for stealing bait and somehow being in cahoots with the Joker.
Scientists in China say they have successfully grown a human tooth using stem cells taken from urine.
Researchers say the technique could one day be used as a way to replace teeth lost through aging and poor dental hygiene, with the added bonus that urine is deemed a less controversial source of stem cells than human embryos.
A recent study led by Megan Thoemmes and Rob Dunn from North Carolina State University in the US looked at a small sample of American adults and confirmed what had long been assumed - that 100% of them had mites living on their faces.
Nothing says "I'm single and ready to mingle" like a dose of salty digestive fluid. For sea lampreys, anyway.
Male sea lampreys use a type of bile salt, which is more typically known for digesting fats, to advertise their genetic fitness to females and readiness to mate, new research shows. This stands in contrast to silver lampreys, which use the enzyme for digestion and other nonsexual functions, said Weiming Li, a researcher at Michigan State University.