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Recreational Fishing on Puget Sound opens after Seven-week Delay

Recreational Fishing on Puget Sound opens after Seven-week Delay

After a long delay of seven weeks, state announced Friday to open recreational fishing on Puget Sound. The federal agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, issued the permit on Friday to open fishing in the state water.

It is also announced that new fishing rules will be effective from July 1, and until then, current regulations will be applicable for Puget Sound. On Friday, after the announcement was made, six boats were seen trolling for salmon off the Point Defiance Marina.

NASA's Hubble confirms existence of dark vortex on Neptune

NASA's Hubble confirms existence of dark vortex on Neptune

Neptune has a new spot, the first one to be spotted in the 21st century. The presence of the high-pressure system called dark vortex has been verified by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, after shinny clouds hinted at its existence.

In a statement, research astronomer Mike Wong, of the University of California at Berkeley, said that dark vortices coast via the atmosphere like large, lens-shaped gaseous mountains. Wong was the head of the team that studied the data gathered by Hubble.

Experts move ahead with plans for action to save world’s reefs

Experts move ahead with plans for action to save world’s reefs

With the end of the biggest international gathering of coral reef experts, scientists and policy makers have progressed in the direction of plans for action to save the reefs worldwide, which are being damaged at a quite fast pace.

Hair, feathers and scales are homologous

Hair, feathers and scales are homologous

For decades, researchers have been debating the probable evolutionary association between hair in mammals, birds’ feathers and reptiles’ scales. Now, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland, researchers have shown that all such skin appendages are homologous and share a common ancestry.

Ancient insects were no less than masters of disguise

Ancient insects were no less than masters of disguise

A new fossil study has found that prehistoric insects used to cover themselves in dirt, plant matter and exoskeletons of their prey so they could hunt with better result rate and also to hide themselves from predators.

Old Monkeys limit their social interaction and go in for isolation: Research

Old Monkeys limit their social interaction and go in for isolation: Research

A research paper published in the journal Current Biology has unveiled that monkeys become choosier and more selective as they age, especially when it comes how they spend their times and with whom. The researchers have based their findings on a number of experimental and behavioral studies.

Astronomers document dormant black hole feasting on star

A First: Astronomers document dormant black hole feasting on star

Majority of the biggest black holes in the known universe are dormant. But certain times, a star wanders too close to a dormant black hole and does not mind feasting on it. Astronomers from the University of Maryland and the University of Michigan became the first to document such an act.

The researchers were able to document shredding of a star that was wandering very close to the dormant black hole. A method called Swift J1644+57 has been used to assess the event and could also help scientists know as to how massive black holes in the universe have grown to such a size.

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