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Large-mouthed fish was top predator after mass extinction

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:29:29 EDT ~ The food chains recovered more rapidly than previously assumed after Earth's most devastating mass extinction event about 252 million years ago as demonstrated by the fossilized skull of a large predatory fish called Birgeria americana discovered by paleontologists from the University of Zurich in the desert of Nevada. Find out more...

Coral gardening is benefiting Caribbean reefs, study finds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:41:51 EDT ~ A new study found that Caribbean staghorn corals (Acropora cervicornis) are benefiting from 'coral gardening,' the process of restoring coral populations by planting laboratory-raised coral fragments on reefs. Find out more...

New shark species glows in the dark, weighs about 2 pounds and has a huge nose

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:56:18 EDT ~ Just as "Shark Week" is gearing up, researchers have discovered a new species of shark 17 years in the making. Like finding a needle in a haystack, it was well worth the wait as this elusive creature is yet to be seen in the wild. Find out more...

Secret to cell size found in group underpinning worlds biggest food producer

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:07 EDT ~ A gene controlling cell size has been identified in a microalgal group which underpins a fifth of the worlds food chains. Find out more...

Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:20:33 EDT ~ Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently -- in days instead of weeks -- and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Find out more...

Seagrass meadows: Critical habitats for juvenile fish and dugongs in the east coast Johor islands

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:45:30 EDT ~ Seagrass meadows in Johor harbor have three times more juvenile fish than coral reefs, scientists have found. They also found that the dugong herds there prefer certain types of meadows over others. Find out more...

Ancient Italian fossils reveal risk of parasitic infections due to climate change

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:53:14 EDT ~ In 2014, a team of researchers found that clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 years ago) contained clues about how sea level rise due to climate change could foreshadow a rise in parasitic trematodes. Now, an international team has found that rising seas could be detrimental to human health on a much shorter time scale. Find out more...

Biological hydraulic system discovered in tuna fins

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:23:23 EDT ~ The unique system of hydraulic control of fins discovered in tuna indicates a new role for the lymphatic system in vertebrates. This natural mechanism may inspire designs for new 'smart' control surfaces with changeable shape and stiffness for both air and underwater unmanned vehicles. Find out more...

Elephant seals recognize each other by the rhythm of their calls

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:22:39 EDT ~ Every day, humans pick up on idiosyncrasies such as slow drawls, high-pitched squeaks, or hints of accents to put names to voices from afar. This ability may not be as unique as once thought, researchers report. They find that unlike all other non-human mammals, northern elephant seal males consider the spacing and timing of vocal pulses in addition to vocal tones when identifying the calls of their rivals. Find out more...

Reciprocal effects: New paradigm for describing trophic cascades caused by infectious agents

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:30:58 EDT ~ A new paradigm has been developed for describing trophic cascades caused by infectious agents. Find out more...