Researcher: Diver's Breathing Could Be Used To Thwart Underwater Attack
Hoboken, New York - Nov 16, 2010 19:25 EST
At Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Alexander Sutin is developing a non-lethal weapon for protecting ports from underwater divers with malicious intentions -- an acoustic device that overwhelms them with the amplified sound of their own breath.
The technique may offer...
That Which Doesn't Kill Perch Makes Them Stronger. Or Does It?
East Lansing, Michigan - Nov 9, 2010 21:05 EST
While the causes and effects of fish kills have been studied repeatedly, the outcomes of poisoning that is less than lethal have not.
Using a $498,334 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, Michigan State University will lead a team of researchers...
Scientists: Hearing Loss May Be Responsible For Whale Beachings
Sarasota Florida - Nov 5, 2010 18:46 EST
Few events in the marine world are as upsetting to the public and as mystifying to experts as dolphin and whale strandings, but a new study by a team of scientists led by the University of South Florida and Mote...
To Punish Or Not To Punish: Lessons From Reef Fish And Saber-Tooth Blennies
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Nov 4, 2010 21:22 EST
Researchers have experimentally shown that some species of reef fish will enact punishment on the parasitic saber-tooth blennies that stealthily attack them from behind and take a bite, even though their behavior offers no immediate gain. The study, published online...
King Crab Distributions Limited By Temperature 'Thermal Barrier' In The Southern Ocean
Southampton, UK - Nov 1, 2010 20:18 EST
Invasions of voracious predatory crabs due to global warming could threaten the unique continental-shelf ecosystems of Antarctica, according to newly published findings.
"King crabs are ecologically important predators and form the basis of economically significant commercial fisheries," said Dr Sven...
Newly Discovered Gene Enables Fish To 'Disappear'
Nashville, Tenneseee - Oct 29, 2010 19:11 EST
Researchers led by Vanderbilt's Roger Cone, Ph.D., have discovered a new member of a gene family that has powerful influences on pigmentation and the regulation of body weight.
The gene is the third member of the agouti family. Two agouti genes...
Coral Algae Discovered In Black Corals At Never Seen Before Depths
Manoa, Hawaii - Oct 28, 2010 13:45 EST
Researchers at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), an organized research unit in the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology have made a remarkable new discovery.
When most people envision coral, they...
Cone Of Poison: The Secret Behind The Cone Snail's Venom Pump
Victoria, Australia - Oct 27, 2010 22:15 EST
Scientists have discovered the secret of how an amazing sea snail injects its venom after shooting a harpoon-like tooth into its prey — or some unlucky swimmer — at jetliner speeds. The creatures, called cone snails, use a highly specialized...