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...
Research: Recovery From Acid Rain 'Much Slower Than Expected'
Cardiff, U.K. - Sep 28, 2007 16:00 EST
Acid rain was one of the world's worst pollution problems of the 1970s and 1980s, affecting large areas of upland Britain, as well as Europe and North America.
In Wales, more than 12,000 km of streams and...
Scientists To Assess Effects Of Pharmaceutical Pollutants On Bull Sharks
Gainsville, Florida - Sep 27, 2007 18:52 EST
Sending commonly prescribed medications down the drain may be taking a bite out of the environment — at least when it comes to shark habitat, University of Florida veterinary scientists say. In fact, the combination of flushing unused medications and...
Oklahoma Police Seize, Euthanize Illegally Tattooed Fish; 'I Love You'
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Sep 26, 2007 15:07 EST
Oklahoma City police have seized tropical fish from a pet store because they were tattooed in violation of city law. Officers took the fish from Quality Pets and had them euthanized.
Store owner Donnie Fleming says police came to his store...
Shark Conspiracies: Great White Shark Expert Ralph Collier Featured
San Diego, California - Sep 22, 2007 14:44 EST
The October 2007 episode of Shark Conspiracies is now available for free download. Shark Conspiracies explores shark sightings and attacks in a new way, by exposing the cover-ups and misinformation sometimes generated from tourism and conservation interests. Shark Conspiracies claims...
Giant Whale Shark Caught, Slaughtered In China; 'Money Shark'
Lianjiang, China - Sep 21, 2007 06:36 EST
On September 13, 2007, early morning, fishermen from Lianjiang, Fujian Province caught a giant whale shark. It weighed 8.5 tons and was 8.5 meters long.
After the whale shark was slaughtered, it was delivered to Zhejiang Province. There, it was...
NASA Celebrates A Decade Observing Climate Impacts On Health Of World's Oceans
Greenbelt, Maryland - Sep 19, 2007 14:57 EST
The NASA-managed Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) instrument settled into orbit around Earth in 1997 and took its first measurements of ocean color. A decade later, the satellite's data has proved instrumental in countless applications and helped researchers paint a...
Metagenomics Of The Deep Mediterranean Studied; Ocean's 'Invisible Soil' Sampled
Elche, Spain - Sep 19, 2007 14:46 EST
Metagenomics is a revolutionary approach to study microbes. Rather than isolating pure cultures, the power of high-throughput sequencing is applied directly to environmental samples to obtain information about the genomes of the prokaryotic cells present in a specific habitat studied....
Researchers: Rising Surface Temperatures Drive Back Winter Ice In Barents Sea
New Brunswick, New Jersey - Sep 17, 2007 13:56 EST
Rising sea-surface temperatures in the Barents Sea, northeast of Scandinavia, are the prime cause of the retreating winter ice edge over the past 26 years, according to research by Jennifer Francis, associate research professor at Rutgers’ Institute of Marine and...