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purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
2013-04-11 05:15:28

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) has been receiving a bit of attention lately on the pages of redOrbit and in academic journals. As it turns out, this sea creature is particularly efficient at adaptive success. redOrbit´s own Lee Rannals wrote yesterday about how this spiny creature seems suited to a future where climate change plays a significant role. And today, we learn that even in their youngest state,...

2011-07-15 09:29:05

Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems, UC Davis researchers will report July 15 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. California mussels (Mytilus californianus) live in beds along the western coast of the United States from Alaska to California. More than 300 other species share the beds or depend on the mussels in some way. "Because these mussels play...

2010-04-20 14:30:00

Acidifying oceans dramatically stunt growth of already threatened shellfish As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we can add another species, one of widespread ecological and economic importance, to the list of the beleaguered. From East Coast to West and around the world, global warming and its effects have descended upon shellfish reefs, particularly those formed by the Olympia oyster. More than one-third of the world's human-caused carbon dioxide emissions have entered the...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.