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Nova Southeastern University Researcher Identifies New, RARE, Sea Lily Species

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Charles Messing, Ph.,D., has identified a new, very rare species of sea lily. Rather than name the creature himself, he's providing the opportunity of a lifetime and auctioning off those rights on eBay. Funds to help further research.

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NSU Researcher Leads Study of Threatened Coral Reefs

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Study with FL. Dept. Of Environmental Protection mapped staghorn coral - found previously undiscovered reef patches

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The Story of a Bizarre Deep-Sea Bone Worm Takes an Unexpected Twist

The saga of the Osedax “bone-eating” worms began 12 years ago, with the first discovery of these deep-sea creatures that feast on the bones of dead animals. The Osedax story grew even stranger when researchers found that the large female worms contained harems of tiny dwarf males.

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Consider the Invader: Minor Differences May Have Major Impact

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Despite many similarities between Dreissena species, quagga mussels infested native unionids less severely than zebra mussels. The study suggests that minor differences between closely related invasive species can have major differences in environmental impacts on the native communities.

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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Seafloor Methane

Water off Washington’s coast is warming a third of a mile down, where seafloor methane shifts from a frozen solid to a gas. Calculations suggest ocean warming is already releasing significant methane offshore of Alaska to California.

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Electric Eels Deliver Taser-Like Shocks

A Vanderbilt biologist has determined that electric eels possess an electroshock system uncannily similar to a Taser.

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Smaller Lidars Could Allow UAVs to Conduct Underwater Scans

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A research team has designed a new approach that could lead to underwater imaging lidars that are much smaller and more efficient than the current full-size systems. The new technology would allow modest-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) carry bathymetric lidars, lowering costs substantially.

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New Web Portal Displays West Coast Ocean Acidification Data

A new site displays real-time ocean acidification data for the open ocean and protected bays in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California.

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Study: Environmental Bleaching Impairs Long-Term Coral Reproduction

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Professor Don Levitan, chair of the Department of Biological Science, writes in the latest issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series that bleaching — a process where high water temperatures or UV light stresses the coral to the point where it loses its symbiotic algal partner that provides the coral with color — is also affecting the long-term fertility of the coral.

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Microbes Take Their Sulfur Light

Dr. Itay Halevy of the Weizmann Institute and Dr. Boswell Wing of McGill University found that deep-sea microbes that “breathe” sulfur prefer that sulfur to be light. In fact, the microbes will “fractionate” heavier sulfur into lighter isotopes. Learning the preferences of these microbes can help reveal the ancient past … and predict the future.

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