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The Crucial Role of Viruses in a Healthy Ocean

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The Crucial Role of Viruses in a Healthy Ocean

Source: Hakai Magazine/Amorina Kingdon - July 25, 2017

The word virus conjures up hard-to-shake colds and swine flu, but these tiny microbes are far more than just the culprits behind annoying human ailments. more…

A Super-Algae With the Ability to Help Save Coral Reefs

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A Super-Algae With the Ability to Help Save Coral Reefs

Source: Phys.org/Frontiers - July 24, 2017

Coral reefs are our most diverse marine habitat. They provide over US$30 billion to the world economy every year and directly support over 500 million more…

Study Suggests That Fish Feel Pain Differently Than Humans

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Study Suggests That Fish Feel Pain Differently Than Humans

Source: Science Daily/Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB) - July 21, 2017

Fish do not feel pain the way humans do. That is the conclusion drawn by an international team of researchers consisting of neurobiologists, behavioural ecologists more…

Researchers Use Robotic Fish to Help Understand the Relationships Between Predators and Prey in the Ocean

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Researchers Use Robotic Fish to Help Understand the Relationships Between Predators and Prey in the Ocean

Source: Phys.org/New York University - July 20, 2017

With help from robotic fish, researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering are demonstrating how information theory can offer insight into the more…

Some Bottom-Trawling Techniques Are Worse for the Seafloor Than Others

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Some Bottom-Trawling Techniques Are Worse for the Seafloor Than Others

Source: Phys.org/Hannah Hickey/University of Washington - July 19, 2017

Fishing fleets around the world rely on nets towed along the bottom to capture fish. Roughly one-fifth of the fish eaten globally are caught by more…

Oil Impairs the Decision Making of Coral Reef Fish

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Oil Impairs the Decision Making of Coral Reef Fish

Source: Phys.org/University of Texas at Austin - July 18, 2017

Just as one too many cocktails can lead a person to make bad choices, a few drops of oil can cause coral reef fish to more…

Scientist Makes Improbable Deep-Sea Coral Discovery in North Pacific

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Scientist Makes Improbable Deep-Sea Coral Discovery in North Pacific

Source: Phys.org/Florida State University - July 17, 2017

Scientists have long believed that the waters of the Central and Northeast Pacific Ocean were inhospitable to deep-sea scleractinian coral, but a Florida State University more…

Green Chemistry Could be Solution to Sewage Pollution

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Green Chemistry Could be Solution to Sewage Pollution

Source: Hakai Magazine/Erica Cirino - July 14, 2017

Compounds that mimic or disrupt human hormones are showing up in freshwater ecosystems worldwide. This widespread pollution is causing the feminization of fish and amphibians, as well as the disruption more…

Botanists Discover Hundreds of Fungi Species in Deep Sea Coral Reefs

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Botanists Discover Hundreds of Fungi Species in Deep Sea Coral Reefs

Source: Phys.org/University of Hawaii at Manoa - July 13, 2017

Researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Botany have discovered hundreds of potentially new species of fungi in the deep coral ecosystem more…

Giant, Mysterious Undersea Rivers Run Hundreds of Miles Out to Sea

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Giant, Mysterious Undersea Rivers Run Hundreds of Miles Out to Sea

Source: BBC/Richard Gray - July 12, 2017

The river cascades through steep-sided gorges and churns around isolated towers of rock, before winding across a vast plain beyond. It is a torrent to more…