Rare Ice Fish with Transparent Blood
The Japanese aquarium, The Tokyo Sea Life Park, has revealed its latest exhibit, a rare ‘ice fish’ believed to be the only one in captivity in the world. Ice fish are unique due to their astonishingly clear blood. The fish have no scales, and their blood contains no hemoglobin, the substance that makes blood red. The ice fish is sometimes called a bloodless or white-blooded fish, because it lost its ability to make hemoglobin during its evolution. This makes the fish a medical curiosity.
Currently researchers are baffled by their lack of the key chemical - although they believe the fish can live without hemoglobin because they have unusually large hearts and use blood plasma to circulate oxygen throughout their bodies.
The species Chionodraco hamatus, one of the Antarctic’s ice fish, can withstand temperatures that freeze the blood of all other types of fish.
Amy Archer-Gilligan spent her adult life as a caretaker – and murderer – of the elderly. In the early 1900s, Archer and her first husband, James, moved to Connecticut and opened the Archer Home for the Elderly and Infirm. Both her first and second husbands died under mysterious circumstances (probably poisoning) and left Archer-Gilligan with large insurance payouts. With the money, Archer-Gilligan was able to continue running her nursing home/murder house. Between 1907 and 1917, there were 60 deaths in the Archer Home. Family members of the deceased grew suspicious of the mounting death toll, and eventually several bodies were exhumed and found full of arsenic and strychnine. Archer-Gilligan was found guilty of second-degree murder in 1919 and sentenced to life imprisonment. She died at the Connecticut Hospital for the Insane in 1962.
I love Molly. She’s so ordinary; and yet she’s not a shallow character. I love this moment because Sherlock realizes he’s underestimated her observation skills and just stands there, speechless, outdone by little Molly Hooper; and you can tell from his face that he knows what she just said is true, and he almost looks guilty that he’s been unkind to her. I love how Molly brings out the humanity and compassion in Sherlock.