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Image 1 - Certain Species Of Seaweed Can Harm Corals
2011-10-18 08:46:40

Scientists studying coral reefs in and around the South Pacific have found that some seaweed can cause coral bleaching and suppress photosynthesis by emitting anti-coral chemicals. As part of their study, researchers have identified and mapped the chemical structure of molecules used by certain types of marine seaweed that kill or inhibit growth of reef-building coral. Chemicals found on the surfaces of several species of seaweed have been shown to harm coral, suggesting that competition...

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2009-07-24 15:50:00

"Jewel beetles" are well known for their striking metallic green external skeletons that appear to change colors according to the angle of view. Now, thanks to new research by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, the beetles may also offer a blueprint for materials that reflect light rather than absorbing it to produce colors. The scientists discovered that jewel beetles (Chrysina gloriosa) change their color because of the light-reflecting properties of the cells...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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