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Ocean Hotspots Let Researchers Track Marine Life
2013-02-18 13:07:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As wireless technology progresses, biologists are finding new ways to harness these advancements and further their research in the process. At the annual meeting of“¯American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston this Sunday, Stanford marine sciences professor Barbara Block discussed a new method for “biologging” the activities of various sea creatures using wireless technology. Using...

2012-11-20 13:44:13

A new Marine Board Future Science Brief presents a roadmap for marine biodiversity science in Europe and warns against complacency. The ocean provides 95% of the habitable space on Earth and harbors a vast diversity of life. Biodiversity underpins the health of the oceans and their productive ecosystems which are essential for human well-being and prosperity. But marine life is under significant threat from climate change and from increasing human impacts including pollution, overfishing...

Insights Into Evolution Of Marine Life Provided By Genetic Patterns Of Deep-Sea Coral
2012-10-23 20:52:27

Patterns Also Shed Light on How Environmental Disturbances Affect Aquatic Organisms The ability of deep-sea corals to harbor a broad array of marine life, including commercially important fish species, make these habitat-forming organisms of immediate interest to conservationists, managers, and scientists. Understanding and protecting corals requires knowledge of the historical processes that have shaped their biodiversity and biogeography. While little is known about these processes,...

Composition Of Microbial Populations Determined By Freshwater Flows Into The Arctic And Southern Oceans
2012-10-11 08:05:22

Part of NSF's International Polar Year research portfolio, the six-nation study indicates that shallow-water populations have little in common Differing contributions of freshwater from glaciers and streams to the Arctic and Southern oceans appear to be responsible for the fact that the majority of microbial communities that thrive near the surface at the Poles share few common members, according to an international team of researchers, some of whom were supported by the National Science...

Liquid Robotics Wave Glider To Track Pacific Great White Sharks
2012-08-18 07:20:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Marine scientists in the US have deployed a surfing robot off the coast of San Francisco in order to help track tagged great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean, various media outlets reported Friday. According to Mark Prigg of the Daily Mail, the seven-foot long robotic "wave glider" was built by Liquid Robotics and resembles a yellow surfboard. It can reportedly detect signals from marked fish up to 1,000 feet away and relay their...

2012-07-06 11:42:31

Public to play major role in mobilizing expanded range of data needed to preserve vital functions of life on Earth, conference concludes. A landmark conference has agreed key priorities for harnessing the power of information technologies and social networks to understand better the workings of life on Earth, focussing on how biodiversity can continue to sustain human lives and livelihoods. The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC), gathering some 100 experts from around the...

2011-10-28 04:22:16

Earth losing species more rapidly than scientists can understand the roles they play Earth is losing species more rapidly than scientists can understand the roles these species play and how they function. With this loss comes, biologists believe, lost opportunities to understand the history of life, to better predict the future of the living world and to make beneficial discoveries in the areas of food, fiber, fuel, pharmaceuticals and bio-inspired innovation. To characterize the...

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2011-08-24 17:00:45

  A new study by scientists from the Census of Marine Life has placed the number of species of animals on planet Earth to about 8.7 million, a number based on a validated analytical technique that narrows the range much more than the previous estimate of between 3 million and 100 million. The scientists also noted that only about a quarter of all species on the planet have been discovered, and they say that many could exist in our own backyard. So far, only 1.9 million species have...

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2011-08-02 12:42:41

Census of Marine Life reports in anthropogenic impact on deep sea The oceans cover 71% of our planet, with over half with a depth greater than 3000 m. Although our knowledge is still very limited, we know that the deep ocean contains a diversity of habitats and ecosystems, supports high biodiversity, and harbors important biological and mineral resources. Human activities are, however increasingly affecting deep-sea habitats, resulting in the potential for biodiversity loss and, with this,...

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2011-06-24 05:30:00

According to new research from the Census of Marine Life Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP), two expanses of the North Pacific Ocean are attracting an array of marine predators in predictable seasonal patterns. The new report archives the TOPP program's effort to track top marine predator movements in the Pacific Ocean. The study found major hot spots for large marine predators that exist in the California Current, which flows south along the U.S. west coast, and a trans-oceanic migration...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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