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Hear and Now: It's Underwater Week!


Hear and Now: It's Underwater Week! HowStuffWorks NOW
Hear and Now: It's Underwater Week! HowStuffWorks NOW

It's summer here in Atlanta, Georgia, where HowStuffWorks is based. Which means it's hot. So the HowStuffWorks Now team headed underwater to cool off and find out what's happening in the marine depths.

First up were some seriously opportunistic catfish from Down Under. We always knew there was something kind of wacky about catfish. And this week's story, brought to you by Christian Sager, just reinforces that impression. It turns out that catfish are quite capable of snacking on terrestrial animals, like mice. The questions is, how are they getting them in the first place? Are they beaching themselves, as other catfish have been known to do to eat pigeons? Or are the hapless mice just falling into their maws? Here's the study and the story.

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And then, of course, there's China. Here's the deal: China wants to build an underwater lab in the South China Sea to serve as a center for mining operations, one of the country's major industries. Minerals and rare earth metals are necessary components in much of our tech, and China is the world's leading supplier of electronics. (Who's excited about the iPhone 7, by the way?). The thing is, nobody's exactly sure if there will be a whole lot of minerals and rare earth metals to be found down there. And China being China, that may or may not be the full story about the lab's intended purpose. Jonathan Strickland gives you the scoop on that story.

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