Scientists Lose Deep Sea Instruments, Gain First Look at Seafloor Formation
New York, New York - Nov 23, 2006 20:12 EST
Ordinarily, losing almost all of one's instruments would be considered a severe setback to any scientist. But when Maya Tolstoy, a marine geophysicist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a member of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, recently learned that...
Scientists Make, Mate Robot Tadpoles to Prove Propulsion Theory
Poughkeepsie, New York - Nov 21, 2006 19:34 EST
A team of scientists thinks our ancient predecessors developed vertebrae and a backbone to stiffen their bodies so they could swim more powerfully and has developed robot tadpoles to help prove the theory.
The far-distant forebearers of humans and other vertebrates...
Scientist: Millions of 'Sea-Level Refugees' Could Flee Rising Oceans
Nairobi, Kenya - Nov 9, 2006 18:57 EST
Nations must make plans to help tens of millions of "sea level refugees" if climate change continues to ravage the world's oceans, German researchers said on Thursday.
Waters are rising and warming, increasing the destructive power of storms, they said, and...
Straitjacket Can’t Hold Underwater Escape Artist, But the Police Will
Key West, Florida - Nov 4, 2006 10:13 EST
He escaped from a straitjacket, but not the long arm of the law.
Michael Anthony Patrick, a 55-year-old street performer, was charged with negligence Wednesday after his act prompted a massive harbor search.
Authorities said the longtime Key West performer regularly escapes...
Research: How Fish Mend a Broken Heart May Lead to Human Cures
Durham, North Carolina - Nov 2, 2006 21:03 EST
New evidence to explain how a common tropical fish mends a broken heart may suggest methods for coaxing the damaged hearts of mammals to better heal, researchers report in the November 3, 2006 issue of Cell, published by Cell Press.
New Species and New Records of Marine Species Discovered in NW Hawaiian Islands
Honolulu, Hawaii - Oct 31, 2006 19:40 EST
A three-week scientific expedition to French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument returned to Honolulu on Sunday with the discovery of many new species and a better understanding of marine biodiversity in the Hawaiian Archipelago.
NASA Looks at Sea Level Rise, Hurricane Risks for New York City
Greenbelt, Maryland - Oct 26, 2006 17:17 EST
New York City has been an area of concern during hurricane season for many years because of the large population and logistics. More than 8 million people live in the city, and it has hundreds of miles of coastline that...
Research: 'Living Fossil' Blood-Sucking Lamprey 'Parasitic for 360 Million Years'
Chicago, Illinois - Oct 25, 2006 17:18 EST
Scientists from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the University of Chicago have uncovered a remarkably well-preserved fossil lamprey from the Devonian period that reveals today's lampreys as "living fossils" since they have remained largely unaltered for...
Big Food: Consumer Reports Should Withdraw Fish Advisory for Pregnant Women
Washington, D.C. - Oct 18, 2006 19:14 EST
In light of yesterday's thoughtful conclusions about seafood and health from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom is urging the Consumers Union of the United States (publisher of Consumer Reports magazine) to withdraw its recommendation...
Researcher: Great White Sharks Travel Far; California to Hawaii and Back
Monterey, California - Oct 18, 2006 19:06 EST
A great white shark is back along the Central Coast after deep ocean travels as far as Hawaii.
Sean Van Sommeran, executive director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, said satellite tracking devices picked up the shark off Ano Nuevo Island...