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Corals’ pH Sensor Identified
Corals’ pH Sensor Identified
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 1, 2017
Soluble adenylyl cyclase measures and responds to pH changes in coral cells, but whether it can help the animals withstand ocean acidification is not yet known.
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
Image of the Day: Plastic Feast
The Scientist Staff | Oct 30, 2017
New research suggests that plastic might just “taste good” to hard corals.
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
US Navy Dolphins to Capture Vaquitas to Save Them from Extinction
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2017
The dolphins and their trainers will search for the endangered porpoises and enclose them in a protected pen.
Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami
Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami
Ashley Yeager | Sep 28, 2017
Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.
Opinion: Banning Shark Fin Sales in the U.S. Will Backfire
Opinion: Banning Shark Fin Sales in the U.S. Will Backfire
Robert Hueter | Sep 27, 2017
A proposal to do so would cause waste, promote less sustainable fisheries, and penalize US fishers who follow best practices.
Biology Labs Hit by Harvey’s Eye Face Long Road to Recovery
Biology Labs Hit by Harvey’s Eye Face Long Road to Recovery
Shawna Williams | Sep 15, 2017
At the University of Texas’s Marine Science Institute, the hurricane caused more than $100 million in damage, killed hundreds of study animals, and displaced numerous researchers, but its work continues.
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Sea Anemones Illuminate the Evolution of Embryo Development
Abby Olena | Sep 11, 2017
A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.
Labs in Texas Batten Down the Hatches
Labs in Texas Batten Down the Hatches
Shawna Williams, Bob Grant | Aug 25, 2017
As Hurricane Harvey approaches land, researchers wait to see if their preparations will protect their experiments.
Plastic Munching Plankton
Plastic Munching Plankton
The Scientist Staff | Aug 16, 2017
This giant larvacean can ingest microplastic pollution and poop it down to the sea floor.
Giant Plankton May Help Move Plastic Pollution to Sea Floor
Giant Plankton May Help Move Plastic Pollution to Sea Floor
Bob Grant | Aug 16, 2017
Researchers show that pinkie-size marine organisms can ingest and poop out microplastics, potentially transporting them to the depths.