Guppy Study Shows Poor Start In Life Need Not Spell Doom In Adulthood
Riverside, California - Oct 21, 2010 16:07 EST
Does the environment encountered early in life have permanent and predictable long-term effects in adulthood? Such effects have been reported in numerous organisms, including humans.
But now a biology graduate student at the University of California, Riverside reports that how...
Oceanographers: Elephant Seals Improve Maps Of Antarctic Seafloor
Santa Cruz, California - Oct 19, 2010 23:20 EST
Oceanographers are using data collected by elephant seals to improve their map of the seafloor on Antarctica's continental shelf. The new map results from a collaboration between Daniel Costa, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz,...
Florida Marine Lab 'Releases' Coral Fragments In Keys Reef Restocking
Sarasota, Florida - Oct 17, 2010 17:16 EST
On Wednesday, Oct. 13, scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory released corals of four species at two sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The release, permitted by Sanctuary officials and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is designed to...
Record As Humpback Whale Swims A Quarter Of The World In Search For Mate
Bar Harbor, Maine - Oct 12, 2010 21:07 EST
When Norwegian tourist Freddy Johansen snapped a photograph of a diving humpback whale in Madagascar, he had no idea that his vacation excursion would lead to an important scientific discovery. Researchers from College of the Atlantic's Allied Whale saw the...
Genomic Comparison Of Ocean Microbes Reveals East-West Divide In Populations
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Oct 11, 2010 20:52 EST
Much as an anthropologist can study populations of people to learn about their physical attributes, their environs and social structures, some marine microbiologists read the genome of microbes to glean information about the microbes themselves, their environments and lifestyles.
Research: First As Female Fish Shown To Flaunt Fins To Attract A Mate
Bonn, Germany - Oct 8, 2010 19:38 EST
For the first time, biologists have described the evolution of the size of a female trait which males use to choose a partner. The research, published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, shows that male cichlid fish prefer...
'Turtle And Dugong Capital Of The World' At Risk Under Climate Change
Cairns, Australia - Oct 7, 2010 21:48 EST
The "turtle and dugong capital of the world", the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait region, faces increased pressure under climate change from human actions such as fishing, hunting, onshore development and pollution.
"Depletion of turtle and dugong...
New Deep-Sea Hot Springs Discovered In The Atlantic
Bremen, Germany - Oct 7, 2010 21:40 EST
Scientists from the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen on board the German research vessel Meteor have discovered a new hydrothermal vent 500 kilometres south-west of the Azores. The vent...
Study: Fish Near Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Lower Levels Of Mercury
Raleigh, North Carolina - Oct 6, 2010 21:31 EST
A new study from North Carolina State University finds that fish located near coal-fired power plants have lower levels of mercury than fish that live much further away. The surprising finding appears to be linked to high levels of another...
Project Hector: Freediver To Attempt World Record 100m Plunge
Miami, Florida - Oct 4, 2010 21:15 EST
In mid-December William Trubridge will make an attempt at the freediving world record and the monumental depth of 100 meters (328 feet).
Freediving is the sport of breath-hold diving, and the unassisted category is the most refined and challenging form of...