Drama Over How Eels Navigate Highlights Problems In Science Publishing

You might see science as splashy headlines and a barrage of new results – but in the background are people with emotions and ambitions, politics, and a system that promotes publishing novel findings above all. A new paper on eel navigation highlights some of these systemic troubles.

Leaping Electric Eels Resolve A Centuries-Old Mystery

In his writings, naturalist and intrepid explorer Alexander von Humboldt recounted how natives in Venezuela used horses to lure and trap electric eels. Many scientists thought it was just a tall tale, but a new paper lends credence to Humboldt’s account of eels aggressively leaping up and stunning the horses…