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Scientist: Salmon Sperm Eyed As Source For Eco-friendly BioLEDs; 'It's Thrown Away By The Ton'
Cincinnati, Ohio - Sep 18, 2007 14:43 EST

Professor Andrew Steckl, a leading expert in light-emitting diodes, is intensifying the properties of LEDs by introducing biological materials, specifically salmon DNA. Electrons move constantly — think of tiny particles with a negative charge and attention deficit disorder. It is through...
 
South Carolina Snorkeler's Arm Re-attached After It Was Ripped Off By Monster Alligator (Caution Graphic Photos)
Charleston, South Carolina - Sep 17, 2007 14:10 EST

A man is hospitalized in Charleston after an alligator bit off one of his arms at a Lake Moultrie recreation area. Bill Hedden, 59, is being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. Hedden's family has told the hospital...
 
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...
 
Citing Conservation, Malaysian Environment Ministry To No Longer Serve Shark Fin Soup
Putrajaya, Malaysia - Sep 14, 2007 15:52 EST

Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and its agencies will no longer serve shark fin's soup at their functions. Minister Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid said this was the ministry's commitment to the Malaysian Nature Society's Selangor branch marine group's effort to encourage...
 
Satellites Witness Lowest Arctic Ice Coverage In 'History'; Dramatic Reduction 'Certainly Raises Flags'
Paris, France - Sep 14, 2007 15:02 EST

The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk to its lowest level this week since satellite measurements began nearly 30 years ago, opening up the Northwest Passage – a long-sought short cut between Europe and Asia that...
 
Scientists: Ancient Whale Fall From California's Aņo Nuevo Island One Of Youngest, Most Complete Known
Berkeley, California - Sep 14, 2007 14:57 EST

A fossilized whale skeleton excavated 20 years ago amid the stench and noise of a seabird and elephant seal rookery on California's Aņo Nuevo Island turns out to be the youngest example on the Pacific coast of a fossil whale...
 
Corals Added To List Of Threatened Species For First Time; Climate Change, Over-fishing Blamed
Arlington, Virginia - Sep 12, 2007 16:51 EST

For the first time in history, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species includes ocean corals in its annual report of wildlife going extinct. A comprehensive study of marine life sponsored by Conservation International (CI) and implemented jointly with the IUCN...
 
Study: Ocean Depths 'No Haven' From Global Catastrophes; 'Far More Connected Than We Realized'
Southampton, U.K. - Sep 11, 2007 15:09 EST

There may be nowhere for life to hide from the effects of climate change or asteroids hitting the Earth, according to research presented by a Southampton marine biologist at the BA Festival of Science. Presenting the Charles Lyell Award Lecture at...
 
Mathematician Charts How Salt-saturated Ocean Water Flows Through Sea Ice; Like 'sedimentary Rock'
Salt Lake City, Utah - Sep 11, 2007 15:01 EST

University of Utah mathematicians have arrived at a new understanding of how salt-saturated ocean water flows through sea ice – a discovery that promises to improve forecasts of how global warming will affect polar icepacks. In the current issue of the...
 
Scientists Probe 'Deep' Questions Aboard Environmental Research Ship; Find Evidence Of Biblical Flood
Tel Aviv, Israel - Sep 7, 2007 16:57 EST

Did the great flood of Noah’s generation really occur thousands of years ago" Was the Roman city of Caesarea destroyed by an ancient tsunami" Will pollution levels in our deep seas remain forever a mystery" These are just a few...
 
Oil Drill Core Brings Up Important Fish Fossil; 'It's Really Quite Amazing'
Alberta, Canada - Sep 7, 2007 16:09 EST

Edmonton - Searching for a different kind of riches in the ground, an oil company made a priceless find it never expected. Working in west-central Alberta, the now defunct Cequel Energy Inc. company thrust a 7.5-centimetre-wide drill more than 1,300...
 
Researchers: Acid Rain Has A Disproportionate Impact On Coastal Waters; 'It's Affecting The Ocean'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Sep 7, 2007 15:59 EST

The release of sulfur and nitrogen into the atmosphere by power plants and agricultural activities plays a minor role in making the ocean more acidic on a global scale, but the impact is greatly amplified in the shallower waters of...
 
NOAA Scientist: 40% Of Arctic Ice Cap Gone By 2050; Most Models Predicting 'Substantial Loss'
Washington, D.C. - Sep 6, 2007 15:05 EST

A new study by NOAA scientists shows that areal sea-ice coverage of the Arctic Ocean will decline by more than 40 percent before the summer of 2050, compared to a 1979-1999 base period. The work was done by James Overland, an...
 
Researchers: 'Synchronized' Nightly Swim To Surface Helped The Invasive Fish Spread Swiftly Through Great Lakes
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Sep 6, 2007 14:56 EST

Ever since University of Michigan fishery biologist David Jude discovered non-native round gobies in the Great Lakes in 1990, scientists have been trying to figure out exactly how the unwanted intruders got there, and how they quickly spread to all...
 
Researchers: Coral Reef Fish Harbor An Unexpectedly High Biodiversity Of Parasites
Paris, France - Sep 5, 2007 17:54 EST

IRD researchers showed that Epinephilus maculates, a fairly abundant species of grouper off New Caledonia, was parasitized by 12 species of microscopic monogenean worms. This diversity of parasites has just been confirmed also in the malabar grouper, Epinephilus malabaricus, another...
 
Study: Wrong Fish Used To Restore Colorado Rivers; 'An Incredibly Sobering Story'
Boulder, Colorado - Sep 5, 2007 17:48 EST

A new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder indicates biologists trying to save Colorado's native greenback cutthroat trout from extinction over the past several decades through hatchery propagation and restocking efforts have, in most cases, inadvertently restored...
 
Tropical Crab Invades Georgia Oyster Reefs -- But The Long-term Impact Can't Be Predicted
Atlanta, Georgia - Sep 4, 2007 18:29 EST

A dime-sized tropical crab that has invaded coastal waters in the Southeast United States is having both positive and negative effects on oyster reefs, leaving researchers unable to predict what the creature’s long-term impact will be. Unlike native crabs that eat...
 
Texan Angler Reels In Massive 500-lb, 10-foot Mako Shark; 'Oh My God'
Port Aransas, Texas - Sep 3, 2007 17:12 EST

A mako shark weighing in at more than 500 pounds was caught off the coast of Port Aransas on Friday. It drew quite a crowd back at the docks. Jerry Samiferos and his buddy, Chris Cantu, chartered a boat to...
 
Shark Conspiracies: Controversial Practice Of Shark Feeding And Cage Diving Examined
San Diego, California - Sep 2, 2007 17:00 EST

The September 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...
 
Lowest Streamflows In More Than 60 Years For Some Georgia Rivers As Drought Worsens
Atlanta, Georgia - Sep 2, 2007 16:26 EST

August was a dry month in Georgia bringing many of the State’s rivers and streams to levels below extreme low flow thresholds. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been monitoring and recording streamflow for more than 100 years at many...
 
When Bivalves Ruled The World; Paleobiologist Studies How Elevated C02 Affected Ancient Marine Life
Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Sep 1, 2007 14:12 EST

Before the worst mass extinction of life in Earth’s history – 252 million years ago – ocean life was diverse and clam-like organisms called brachiopods dominated. After the calamity, when little else existed, a different kind of clam-like organism, called...
 
'Extinct' Baiji Dolphin Spotted In The Yangtze River; 'A Big White Animal'
Beijing, China - Aug 31, 2007 16:26 EST

The reported sighting of a Yangtze River dolphin, or Baiji, means there is still a chance for people to take further action and protect the cetaceans in the Yangtze from extinction, according to World Wildlife Fund. The Chinese media reported that...
 
Scientists: Secrets Of Red Tide Unraveled; 'Terrific Bang For The Taxpayers' Buck!'
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Aug 30, 2007 12:37 EST

In work that could one day help prevent millions of dollars in economic losses for seaside communities, MIT chemists have demonstrated how tiny marine organisms likely produce the red tide toxin that periodically shuts down U.S. beaches and shellfish beds. In...
 
Scientists: 'Engine' Of The Coral Reef Discovered; Farmed Algae 'Like An Alien'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 29, 2007 18:19 EST

A team of coral researchers has taken a major stride towards revealing the workings of the mysterious ‘engine’ that drives Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and corals the world over. The science has critical importance in understanding why coral reefs bleach and...
 
NOAA: 'Megapclicks' Recorded For The First Time From Feeding Humpback Whales
Washington, D.C. - Aug 29, 2007 17:40 EST

For the first time, researchers have recorded “megapclicks” — a series of clicks and buzzes from humpback whales apparently associated with nighttime feeding behaviors — in and around NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. As detailed in the most recent...
 
Scuba Mask Swivel Recalled Over Defect; 'Sudden Loss Of The Diver's Air Supply'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 29, 2007 17:27 EST

M&J Engineering is recalling about 1,500 swivels for scuba masks. The swivel, which is attached to a diving mask, could separate while diving. This will result in a sudden loss of the diver's air supply, causing the diver to engage in...
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Puts Another Great White Shark On Display; 'Emissary For Ocean Conservation'
Monterey, California - Aug 28, 2007 18:38 EST

For the third time since 2004, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has placed a young white shark on public exhibit, bringing him to Monterey on Tuesday evening (August 28) – 24 days after the shark was caught accidentally in commercial fishing...
 
Brit Homeless Find Free Scuba Diving Lessons A Breath Of Fresh Air; 'Something Different'
Sheffield, U.K. - Aug 28, 2007 13:42 EST

Residents at The Salvation Army’s Charter Row Social Services Centre in Sheffield are finding their scuba diving lessons with a local diving company a breath of fresh air. The homeless centre, which caters for up to 56 residents, has teamed up...
 
Great White Shark's 'Bite Force' Under The Spotlight; 'There’s A Ton Of Bad Data'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 24, 2007 14:54 EST

While sharks instill fear in beachgoers worldwide, they instill a deep sense of curiosity in UT assistant professor and shark expert Dan Huber. There are still many mysteries surrounding what makes sharks such perfect predators, so Huber’s research on sharks’...
 
Shark Attack Leaves Florida Student Scarred, Wounded; 'There Was Blood'
Sarasota, Florida - Aug 23, 2007 12:19 EST

An American student has described the moment she was bitten by a shark in an attack that almost punctured her lungs and left her needing more than 100 stitches. Andrea Lynch, 20, said she was lucky to be alive after being...
 
Open Water: Japanese Diver Survives Ten-hour Ordeal At Sea Off Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Aug 22, 2007 17:38 EST

A Japanese man was plucked out of the waters off Malaysia after 10 hours adrift at sea after he went missing on a diving trip, news reports said Tuesday. The 32-year-old, whose family name was given as Miyazawa, was pulled...
 
Lab Offers New Way To Look At Bleaching, Ocean Acidity, Global Warming; 'I Was Interested In Stressing Corals'
Virginia Key, Florida - Aug 22, 2007 17:09 EST

A modest new lab at the Rosenstiel School is the first of its kind to tackle the global problem of climate change impacts on corals. Fully operational this month, this new lab has begun to study how corals respond to...
 
Russian Agency Seeks 'Extremely Tight State Monopoly' Over Sturgeon, Black Caviar Trade
Moscow, Russia - Aug 21, 2007 14:32 EST

Russia's Federal Agency for Fisheries (Rosrybolovstvo) unveil a draft law on August 31 to introduce a state monopoly on trade in sturgeon and black caviar. The bill would be introduced at a meeting in the city of Astrakhan of the...
 
South Africa Issues Great White Shark Alert As 'interaction' Season Approaches
Cape Town, South Africa - Aug 21, 2007 14:25 EST

The City of Cape Town has issued an urgent warning to all beach and ocean users of the seasonal increase in white sharks along the city's in-shore areas. "Although white sharks are present in our waters all year round, we are...
 
Researchers: Elephantnose Fish 'see' With Their Chin; 'They Are Really Intelligent'
Bonn, Germany - Aug 21, 2007 14:14 EST

Originating in Central Africa, Peters' elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii), finds its bearings by means of weak electrical fields. Scientists from the University of Bonn have now been able to show how well this works. In complete darkness the animals can...
 
Where Have All The Dolphins Gone This Summer? 'Climate Change And Over-fishing'
Bay of Biscay - Aug 20, 2007 17:27 EST

Researchers from the wildlife conservation charity Marinelife are extremely concerned about what it is NOT seeing this summer in the Bay of Biscay. Marinelife’s unique long-term monitoring project, the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme (BDRP) has been conducting scientific monthly whale, dolphin...
 
Indian Tourists Cautioned Over Killer Croc On The Prowl
Kendrapara, India - Aug 17, 2007 17:55 EST

Perturbed over reports of a giant 18-feet-long crocodile running amuck, the wildlife officialsl of Bhitarkanika National Park have cautioned the tourists and the locals settlers on possible attacks by the reptile. Lately the reptile has ensconced along the Khola water...
 
Scientist: 'New Continent' And Species Discovered In Atlantic Study; 'Half Way Between America And Europe'
Aberdeen, Scotland - Aug 17, 2007 17:31 EST

A scientist from the University of Aberdeen is leading a team of international researchers whose work will continue our understanding of life in the deepest oceans, and contribute to the global Census of Marine Life. Exploring life in the North Atlantic...
 
Study: Invasive Australian Jellyfish Sighted In Gulf Of Mexico In Summer 2007; 'Prolific Feeders'
Dauphin Island, Alabama - Aug 17, 2007 17:19 EST

The invasive Australian jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata, first reported in great quantities in the Gulf of Mexico in 2000, has made a vigorous reappearance this summer in waters from southwestern Louisiana to Morehead City, North Carolina. Beachgoers and boaters are encouraged...
 
Study: Adaptation To Parasites Drive African Fishes Along Different Evolutionary Paths
Laval, Canada - Aug 16, 2007 18:51 EST

An international team of scientists from Canada (Universitй Laval), the U.K. (University of Hull, Cardiff University) and Spain (Doтana Biological Station), have discovered that a pair of closely related species of East African cichlid fishes – a group of fish...
 



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