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Science Myths, Busted!

17Aug 16
Leaping electric eels confirm one of science history’s wackiest stories

Leaping electric eels confirm one of science history’s wackiest stories

New information about eels validates a story from famous German scientist Alexander von Humboldt, who travelled to South America in the early 17th century. He observed eels jumping out of the water to bite horses and deliver an electric shock. This story was largely considered a myth until Kenneth Catania, a biologist at Vanderbilt University,…

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Uncover the truth about science’s most enduring myths and how they got busted. Discover how scientists proved the truth about animals, dinosaurs, the Earth, medicine, nutrition, space, technology, and weather. Twelve engaging spreads feature surprising facts, easy-to-follow information, and brilliant images to bring these busted myths to life.

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