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Coral reefs struggle to keep up with rising seas, leave coastal communities at risk

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:37:17 EDT ~ In the first ecosystem-wide study of changing sea depths at five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawai'i, researchers found the sea floor is eroding in all five places, and the reefs cannot keep pace with sea level rise. As a result, coastal communities protected by the reefs are facing increased risks from storms, waves and erosion. Find out more...

Seven years later: BP oil spill settlement funding new way to manage fish populations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:03:03 EDT ~ Understanding the severity of the BP oil spill has led researchers to a barcoding fish eggs. This will help them to determine where fish are spawning, hopefully leading toward the creation of protected areas and a baseline should another oil spill occur. Find out more...

Canary in the kelp forest: Sea creature dissolves in today's warming, acidic waters

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:19:35 EDT ~ The one-two punch of warming waters and ocean acidification is predisposing some marine animals to dissolving quickly under conditions already occurring off the Northern California coast, according to a new study. Find out more...

Making oil from algae: Towards more efficient biofuels

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:31:46 EDT ~ The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. Find out more...

Time-lapse cameras provide a unique peek at penguins' winter behavior

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:16:32 EDT ~ Not even the most intrepid researcher wants to spend winter in Antarctica, so how can you learn what penguins are doing during those cold, dark months? Simple: Leave behind some cameras. Find out more...

Sea scorpions: The original sea monster

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:57:53 EDT ~ Related to both modern scorpions and horseshow crabs, sea scorpions had thin, flexible bodies. Some species also had pinching claws and could grow up to three metres in length. New research that the sea scorpions had another weapon at their disposal: a serrated, slashing tail spine. Find out more...

Using tropical microbes to improve the environment

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:52:30 EDT ~ Researchers are harnessing properties in tropical microbes to address a variety of environmental, agricultural and aquacultural issues. Find out more...

Tracking down water pollution through DNA of algae

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:43:44 EDT ~ The degree of pollution of rivers resulting from human activities is assessed using different biotic indices. The latter reflect the ecological status of a river based on the quantity and diversity of organisms selected as bioindicators, due to their ecological preferences and tolerance to pollution. This is the case of diatoms, algae consisting of a single cell surrounded by a silica skeleton, recommended by researchers as one of the ideal bioindicators for rivers and lakes. Find out more...

Tracing the puzzling origins of clinging jellyfish

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:45:06 EDT ~ The first genetic study of the diversity of clinging jellyfish populations around the globe has discovered some surprising links among distant communities of jellies and also revealed there may be more than one species of the infamous stinger. Find out more...

Banning transshipment at-sea necessary to curb illegal fishing, researchers conclude

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:42:40 EDT ~ Banning transshipment at-sea -- the transfer of fish and supplies from one vessel to another in open waters -- is necessary to diminish illegal fishing, a team of researchers has concluded after an analysis of existing maritime regulations. Find out more...