Study: Fossil Record Reveals Jellyfish More Than 500 Million Years Old
Lawrence, Kansas - Oct 30, 2007 17:37 EST
Scientists have described the oldest definitive jellyfish ever found, using recently discovered "fossil snapshots" found in rocks more than 500 million years old.
The jellyfish are unique because they push the known occurrence of jellyfish back from 300 million to 505...
Scientists: Fluorescence Discovered In Key Marine Creature; Sunscreen?
San Diego, California - Oct 30, 2007 16:38 EST
Fluorescent proteins found in nature have been employed in a variety of scientific research purposes, from markers for tracing molecules in biomedicine to probes for testing environmental quality. Until now, such proteins have been identified mostly in jellyfish and corals,...
'Coral Mountains' Discovered Off Thailand Eyed As New Tourist Attractions
Phetchabun, Thailand - Oct 23, 2007 16:01 EST
Chon Daen district Tuesday announced the discovery of two "coral mountains", which are being touted as new tourist attractions.
District chief Chartchai Petcharadhburanin said the survey team stumbled upon two limestone mountains in Ban Sappakai, 3-4 kilometres off Chon Daen-Nong...
Make A Better Trap... Catch A New Species? Goby 'Wasn't Quite Right'
Miami, Florida - Oct 23, 2007 15:42 EST
When David Jones, a fisheries oceanographer at the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) located at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School, set out to design a better light trap to collect young reef fishes, he never imagined...
FDA Releases Consumer Guide To Safe Sources Of Potentially Deadly Puffer Fish; 'Can Be Safely Enjoyed'
Washington, D.C. - Oct 18, 2007 14:12 EST
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today released consumer and industry advisories regarding safe sources of puffer fish. Many puffer fish, also known as fugu, bok, blowfish, globefish, swellfish, balloonfish, or sea squab, contain deadly toxins that affect the central...
Research: No Faking, Crocodile Tears Are For Real; 'They Mean It'
Gainsville, Florida - Oct 3, 2007 17:46 EST
When someone feigns sadness they “cry crocodile tears,” a phrase that comes from an old myth that the animals cry while eating.
Now, a University of Florida researcher has concluded that crocodiles really do bawl while banqueting – but for physiological...