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Shark's Eye View Of The Ocean
2014-03-01 05:42:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo are gaining novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean predators swims, eats and lives — all courtesy of instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks. The sharks were outfitted with sophisticated sensors and video recorders to measure and see where they are going, how they are getting there, and what they do once they reach...

Hawaiian Coral Abundance And Distribution Modeled
2013-05-22 05:12:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Hawaii say they have predicted the abundance and distribution of coral around the island state by using a computer model. The team said they found the order of coral abundance around the main Hawaiian Islands to be Porites lobata, Montipora patula, Pocillopora meandrina, Montipora capitata, Porites compressa, and Montipora flabellata. This is the first study to systematically examine the influence of...

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2012-08-20 18:46:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hawaiian researchers can now add fish to the phrase “the best laid-plans of mice and men, often go awry," as John Steinbeck once translated from a famous Robert Burns´ poem. An avid fisherman himself, Steinbeck would no doubt appreciate the problems caused by three invasive species of fish introduced to the Pacific archipelago 55 years ago. In an attempt to better understand how an invasive species comes to dominate a...

Another Outbreak Of Coral Disease Hits The Reefs Of Kāneʿohe Bay, Oʿahu
2012-01-08 05:25:27

Researchers at the Hawai℠i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), an organized research unit in the University of Hawai℠i at Mānoa´s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology have discovered an outbreak of coral disease called Montipora White Syndrome (MWS) in KāneÊ¿ohe Bay, OÊ¿ahu. (MWS) was discovered affecting coral reefs in KāneÊ¿ohe Bay, OÊ¿ahu.  Follow-up surveys found that...

2011-10-27 10:27:24

A team of researchers from the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) have developed an interactive global map of corals and zooxanthellae as part of a hybrid web application titled GeoSymbio. This application provides global-scale biological and ecosystem information on symbiotic zooxanthellae called Symbiodinium which are uni-cellular, photosynthetic dinoflagellates that live inside the cells of other marine organisms like anemones, jellyfish, and corals. Symbiodinium are responsible...

2011-09-12 06:28:20

The Hawai℠i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), an organized research unit in the University of Hawai℠i at Mānoa´s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology announced the launch of their new website showcasing the science from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership. HONOLULU, HI (TODAY) — The Hawai℠i Institute of Marine Biology´s (HIMB) new Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Research Partnership website...

A New Hypothesis On Ocean Acidification
2011-08-31 06:17:11

  Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been rising due to the burning of fossil fuels. Increased absorption of this carbon by the oceans is lowering the seawater pH (the scale which measures how acidic or basic a substance is) and aragonite saturation state in a process known as ocean acidification. Aragonite is the mineral form of calcium carbonate that is laid down by corals to build their hard skeleton....

2011-07-04 12:33:23

The question of why there are so many species in the sea and how new species form remains a central question in marine biology. Below the waterline, about 30% of Hawai'i's marine species are endemic "“ being found only in Hawai'i and nowhere else on Earth "“ one of the highest rates of endemism found worldwide. But where did this diversity of species come from? Hawai'i is famous for its adaptive radiations (the formation of many species with specialized lifestyles from a single...

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2011-03-11 09:12:17

Over 50 percent of the population in the United States and over 60 percent in the world live in coastal areas. Rapidly growing human populations near the ocean have massively altered coastal water ecosystems.  One of the most extensive human stressors is the discharge of chemicals and pollutants into the ocean. In the Southern California Bight, more than 60 sewage and urban runoff sources discharge over 1 billion gallons of liquid on a dry day with the two largest sources of contaminants...

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2011-03-09 14:43:42

In the thick of whale season, researchers from Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shed new light on the wintering grounds of the humpback whale. The primary breeding ground for the North Pacific was always thought to be the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). However, a new study has shown that these grounds extend all the way throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago and into the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), also known as...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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