Moray Eel Evolution Baffles Scientists; 'Species Donít Do That'
St. Louis, Missouri - Apr 13, 2010 22:13 EST
Joshua Reece became interested in moray eels in 2005 when he was applying to the PhD program at the University of Hawai'i. Instead of taking him on a campus tour, his host, Brian Bowen, PhD, a biologist at the university,...
Report: Mangrove Forests In Worldwide Decline, One In Six Face Extinction
Gland, Switzerland - Apr 9, 2010 18:36 EST
More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging, and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves for the...
Researchers: Ancient Supervolcano Created Giant Underwater Mountain Chain
Washington, D.C. - Apr 9, 2010 18:09 EST
The eruptions of "supervolcanoes" on Earth's surface have been blamed for causing mass extinctions, belching large amounts of gases and particles into the atmosphere, and re-paving the ocean floor. The result? Loss of species, increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,...
Atlantis? Oceanographers Find Signs Of Atlantic Disaster 2,000 Years Ago
Kiel, Germany - Mar 25, 2010 14:20 EST
Scientists said Thursday they have discovered evidence that a major natural disaster occurred in the Atlantic Ocean around 2,000 years ago - possibly triggering a monster tsunami.
The edge of the African continental shelf broke off and scattered debris over 150,000...
Dr. William Hamner Awarded The 2009 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award
Monterey, California - Mar 24, 2010 20:18 EST
The American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) today (March 23, 2010) announced the 2009 Scientific Diving Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. William M. Hamner Ph.D.
This award is presented annually to an individual from the scientific diving community who has made...
Scientists: One Shot And Fish Forget Their Fears
Hiroshima, Japan - Mar 23, 2010 20:39 EST
Imagine if your fear of spiders, heights or flying could be cured with a simple injection. Research published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Behavioral and Brain Functions suggests that one day this could be a reality.
The cerebellum, an...
Researchers: Increased Human Population Is Leading To Sick Turtles
Queensland, Australia - Mar 22, 2010 21:49 EST
University of Queensland researchers have discovered that one of the effects of increased human population is stress being placed on the environment leading to sick turtles.
Staff from the Veterinary Marine Animal Research, Teaching and Investigation (Vet-MARTI) unit within the School...
Report Finds Delta Water Pumping Restrictions To Protect Fish 'Scientifically Justified'
San Francisco, California - Mar 19, 2010 19:13 EST
The National Academy of Sciences today released a peer-review report that validates recent federal “biological opinions” and federal actions, particularly seasonal reductions in water pumping, to protect endangered fish species in the San Francisco Bay-Delta.
“The Academy of Sciences report confirms...