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Seaweeds Get Sick Too When They're Stressed

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A variety of normally harmless bacteria can cause bleaching disease in seaweeds when the seaweeds become stressed by high water temperatures, UNSW Australia researchers have discovered.

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Iron Supplements Help Microbes Working Together to Thrive When Oxygen Is Scarce

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New evidence shows that higher levels of iron oxides in ocean and coastal sediments speed the conversion of the more potent greenhouse gas methane into carbon dioxide even in the absence of oxygen.

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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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Adélie Penguin Population Could Drop 60% by End of the Century

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University of Delaware researchers project that approximately 30 percent of current Adélie penguin colonies may be in decline by 2060 and approximately 60 percent may be in decline by 2099. The declines are associated with warming - many regions of Antarctica have warmed too much and further warming is no longer positive for the species.

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Baby Fish Lose Poisonous Protectors in Acidified Oceans

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A common close partnership which sees baby fish sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification, a new University of Adelaide study has found.

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A Better Understanding of Microbiome Functioning, Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels, the Energy Use of Data Centers, and More in the DOE Science News Source

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Lost Hormone Is Found in Starfish

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Biologists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that the evolutionary history of a hormone responsible for sexual maturity in humans is written in the genes of the humble starfish.

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July 1 Marks 100-Year Anniversary of New Jersey’s ‘12 Days of Terror’

Before five shark attacks left four people dead and one wounded on the Jersey Shore in 1916, there was widespread doubt a shark would even bite a human.

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Pipelines Affect Health, Fitness of Salmon, Study Finds

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Pipelines carrying crude oil to ports in British Columbia may spell bad news for salmon, according to a new University of Guelph-led study. Exposure to an oil sands product – diluted bitumen – impairs the swimming ability and changes the heart structures of young salmon.

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Lionfish Invading the Mediterranean Sea

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Rising sea temperatures in the Mediterranean are encouraging alien lionfish species to invade and colonise new territories with potentially serious ecological and socioeconomic impacts.

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Wind-Blown Antarctic Sea Ice Helps Drive Ocean Circulation

Antarctic sea ice is constantly on the move as powerful winds blow it away from the coast and out toward the open ocean. A new study shows how that ice migration may be more important for the global ocean circulation than anyone realized.

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$1.8 Million Grant Will Support Public Health, Safer Shipping & Boating, Better Hurricane Predictions and Healthier Gulf Ecosystems

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The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) has been awarded $1.8 million a year for the next five years to support data collection and distribution in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Sea Star Death Triggers Ecological Domino Effect

A new study by Simon Fraser University marine ecologists Jessica Schultz, Ryan Cloutier and Isabelle Côté has discovered that a mass mortality of sea stars resulted in a domino effect on B.C.'s West Coast Howe Sound marine ecology.

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Pterosaur Flies Safely Home After 95 Million Years

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With the help of University of Alberta scientists, a newly described pterosaur has finally flown home. This spectacular fossil material was discovered in a private Lebanese limestone quarry more than a decade ago and has led to what UAlberta paleontologist Michael Caldwell calls “priceless scientific findings.”

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Sex with the Lights On

A new study by UCSB evolutionary biologists Todd Oakley and Emily Ellis demonstrates that for fireflies, octopuses and other animals that choose mates via bioluminescent courtship, sexual selection increases the number of species -- thereby impacting global diversity. Their results appear in the journal Current Biology.

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Do Sharks Survive After the Hook?

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Fitbit-like sensors are the best tools for monitoring whether sharks survive catch-and-release fishing — essential data for fisheries management — according to a peer-reviewed study published June 23 by scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory.

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Fish Out of Water Are More Common Than Thought

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Fish have evolved the ability to live on land many times, challenging the perception that this extreme lifestyle shift was likely to have been a rare occurrence in ancient times, new UNSW Australia research shows.

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Contagious Cancers Are Spreading Among Several Species of Shellfish, Study Finds

New research suggests that direct transmission of cancer among marine animals may be much more common than once thought.

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Caribbean Sea Acts Like a Whistle and Can Be 'Heard' From Space

A study of the Caribbean Sea by University of Liverpool ocean scientists has revealed that, in the midst of all the noise of the ocean, this region behaves like a whistle, which blows so loudly that it can be 'heard' from space in the form of oscillations of the Earth's gravity field.