Scientists Take Underwater Robot On Black Sea Expedition; 'Agent Into The Unknown'
Newark, Delaware - Aug 16, 2007 12:17 EST
Using a novel underwater robot, University of Delaware marine scientists will help reveal the mysteries of the Black Sea's geology and maritime history, including ages-old shipwrecks, during an international expedition that is now underway.
The Institute for Exploration and the Institute...
Scientists: Conquest Of Land Began In Shark Genome; Where Are The Fingers?
Gainsville, Florida - Aug 15, 2007 13:48 EST
When the first four-legged animals sprouted fingers and toes, they took an ancient genetic recipe and simply extended the cooking time, say University of Florida scientists writing in Wednesday’s issue of the journal PLoS ONE.
Even sharks — which have...
No Bull: Saltwater Crocodile Eats Shark
Darwin, Australia - Aug 13, 2007 17:08 EST
An extraordinary encounter between two of nature’s most fearsome man-eaters has been photographed by an amateur fisherman.
Indrek Urvet said that he watched in astonishment as a four-metre (13ft) saltwater crocodile made swift work of a much-smaller bull shark by...
Research: Using Geometry To Navigate Is Innate, At Least For Fish
Alberta, Canada - Aug 13, 2007 14:18 EST
Many animals, including humans, frequently face the task of getting from one place to another. Although many navigational strategies exist, all vertebrate species readily use geometric cues; things such as walls and corners to determine direction within an enclosed space....
Research: Tilapia Found To Be Potent Malaria Control Method
Nairobi, Kenya - Aug 9, 2007 10:58 EST
The emerging threat of pesticide resistance means that biological malaria control methods are once again in vogue. New research published in the online open access journal BMC Public Health shows how Nile tilapia, a fish more commonly served up to...
Miniature Sensors Make The Secret Life Of Elephant Seals Not Secret Anymore
Tasmania, Australia - Aug 7, 2007 18:50 EST
Miniature oceanographic sensors attached to southern elephant seals have provided scientists with an unprecedented peek into the secret lives of seals.
The results are the subject of a paper published today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of...
Report: Penguin Poo Adding To Pollution Problem In The Antarctic
Antwerp, Belgium - Aug 6, 2007 18:02 EST
Penguin guano in the Antarctic is adding to organic pollutant problems there, according to a report to be featured in a Royal Society of Chemistry publication.
Adrian Covaci at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and colleagues found unexpectedly high levels of...
NBA Star: 'There Are No Such Thing As Shark Attacks'
Miami, Florida - Aug 1, 2007 17:11 EST
NBA star and blogging "superstar" Gilbert Arenas has come out against shark attacks. Actually, Arenas denies there are such things as "shark attacks" in his latest blog entry.
Here's Gilbert's latest missive:
There are these things called shark attacks,...
Shark Week Breaks Rating Record For Premiere Episode 'Ocean Of Fear'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 1, 2007 11:19 EST
Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" kicked off Sunday night with the highest-rated premiere episode on record for the programming event.
"Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever" drew 3.9 million total viewers from 9-11 p.m., according to Nielsen Media Research. That...
New Type Of Submarine Fin Being Created, Inspired From The Bluegill Sunfish
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Jul 30, 2007 17:52 EST
Inspired by the efficient swimming motion of the bluegill sunfish, MIT researchers are building a mechanical fin that could one day propel robotic submarines.
The propeller-driven submarines, or autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), currently perform a variety of functions, from mapping the...
Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, Featured On Shark Week's 'Ocean Of Fear', 'Shark Feeding Frenzy'
Nassau, Bahamas - Jul 30, 2007 15:02 EST
Shark Wrangler, Stuart Cove, featured again on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week in two separate shows including teaching Les Stroud, Survivorman how to feed sharks. The first show, a two-hour special, “Ocean of Fear: The Worst Shark Attack Ever,” aired Sunday,...