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red salmon in a lake in Alaska

How a salmon scientist got hooked into a battle over the world’s largest gold mine

It’s hard to think small in Alaska. The largest of the United States is home to North America’s highest mountain range. It’s a place where undammed rivers run more than 1000 kilometers, glaciers collapse into the ocean, and polar bears roam. Daniel Schindler, however, is here hunting for something the size of a grain of rice.

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Inspired by Northern clingfish, researchers make a better suction cup

A University of Washington team inspired by the clingfish’s suction power set out to develop an artificial suction cup that borrows from nature’s design. Their prototype, described in a paper published Sept. 9 in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, actually performed better than the clingfish.

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Gordon sitting in a boat along the Mekong River

Gordon Holtgrieve set to speak at “The Future of Food” 2019 Engineering Lecture Series

Register now to ensure you get a seat for Holtgrieve’s lecture – Floods, fish and people: Challenges and opportunities in the Mekong River basin

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