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2010-01-21 09:00:00

How did the lemurs, flying foxes and narrow-striped mongooses get to the large, isolated island of Madagascar sometime after 65 million years ago? A pair of scientists say their research confirms the longstanding idea that the animals hitched rides on natural rafts blown out to sea. Professors Matthew Huber of Purdue and Jason Ali of the University Hong Kong say that the prevailing flow of ocean currents between Africa and Madagascar millions of years ago would have made such a trip not only...

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2010-01-20 10:56:37

Deep within the Kairei Indian hydrothermal vent field, two-and-one-half miles below the central Indian Ocean, scientists have discovered a gastropod mollusk, whose armor could improve load-bearing and protective materials in everything from aircraft hulls to sports equipment. Researchers at the National Science Foundation-supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are studying the mollusk's physical and mechanical properties. A...

2009-12-17 14:53:00

ATLANTA, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years after the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Habitat for Humanity has assisted more than 22,500 families in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091217/CL28135 ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050501/NYSU020LOGO ) Emerging Stronger: Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, a report released by Habitat, outlines how the organization mobilized donors, partners,...

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2009-10-14 09:00:00

DNA from more than 1,500 whales examined After 15 years of research in the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and an international coalition of organizations have unveiled the largest genetic study of humpback whale populations ever conducted in the Southern Hemisphere. By analyzing DNA samples from more than 1,500 whales, researchers can now peer into the population dynamics and...

2009-08-26 09:42:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- GlowTouch Technologies, a Louisville, KY-based IT services company, was recently listed as the second fastest-growing private company in Kentucky and the 130th fastest in the nation by Inc. magazine. The magazine also awarded GlowTouch "Top 10 Indian-Run Companies" and "Top 10 IT Services." "If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500," said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. "These are the most dynamic,...

2009-08-14 10:26:43

Observations made by Southampton scientists help understand the massive blooms of microscopic marine algae "“ phytoplankton "“ in the seas around Madagascar and its effect on the biogeochemistry of the southwest Indian Ocean.The observations were made by researchers based at the National Oceanography Center, Southampton (NOCS) during a 2005 hydrographic survey south and east of Madagascar while aboard the royal research ship RRS Discovery. The fully analyzed results are published...

2009-08-11 13:04:09

Australian scientists along Tasmania's eastern coast report the highest winter water temperature ever recorded there -- more than 55.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The scientists from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization said the warming is due to a strengthening of the Leeuwin Current, which originates north of Australia. That current has expanded significantly, curling around the southern tip of Tasmania and reaching as far north as St Helens. The Southern...

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2009-07-15 06:11:50

A biologist in the Maldives is claiming that millions of dragonflies fly thousands of miles across the sea from southern India to Africa. If this hypothesis were confirmed, this would be the first known insect migration across open water. It would also dwarf the notorious Monarch butterfly trip taken annually, as their trip is just half the distance of the dragonflies. Biologist Charles Anderson has written his research over the mass migration in the Journal of Tropical Ecology. Annually,...

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2009-07-07 13:20:00

An international team of researchers has studied the coralline algae fossils that lived on the last coral reefs of the Mediterranean Sea between 7.24 and 5.3 million years ago. Mediterranean algae and coral reefs began to resemble present day reefs following the isolation of the Mediterranean from the Indian Ocean and global cooling 15 and 20 million years ago respectively. The research team from the University of Granada (UGR) and the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italia) show...

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2009-05-05 13:51:41

Scientists are hoping a new set of buoys in the Indian Ocean will provide farmers with information that can better predict monsoons in some of the world's most underdeveloped regions. Michael McPhaden of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the international project consists of buoys that will gauge wind, rainfall and temperature in the Indian Ocean, where data collection has been sparse in comparison to the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Researchers began the...


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Persian Gulf
2013-04-18 13:55:23

The Persian Gulf is located in the western part of Asia between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. It’s an addition to the Indian Ocean. The Gulf was the focal point of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, which each side assaulted the other’s oil tankers. In the year 1991, the Persian Gulf again was the background for what was known as the “Persian Gulf War” or otherwise known as the “Gulf War”, despite the fact that this disagreement was mainly a land conflict, when Iraq raided Kuwait...

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2012-04-03 19:33:28

Chalice Corals, are a family of stony corals in the Pectiniidae family. Members of this family are mostly colonial but at least one species, Echinomorpha nishihirai, is solitary. These corals are endemic to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Pectiniids have a number of different forms but are basically streamlined and smooth. Polyps are large and brightly colored and resemble those of members of the Mussidae family of corals. The polyps are only extended at night. Tentacles are translucent,...

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2012-04-03 15:24:52

Discosoma (or Actinodiscus) is a genus of soft mushroom coral native to the Indian Ocean. This genus is sometimes incorrectly referred to as mushroom anemone or disc anemone. This coral is commonly collected and used worldwide in marine aquariums, where it is known to grow easily. There are 5 known species of mushroom coral: Actinodiscus dawydoffi, Actinodiscus fungiformis, Discosoma nummiforme, Actinodiscus rubraoris, and Actinodiscus unguja.

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2012-04-03 14:30:21

Plate Coral, (Fungia paumotensis), is a species of stony coral that occurs in the Indian Ocean on upper reef slopes especially where there is considerable movement of the water from wave action. It is usually found on sand or beds of coral fragments. This solitary, non-colonial coral is free living and not attached to the seabed. It is elongated and oval in shape and can grow rather large. Its single large polyp can be up to 9.8 inches long and is embedded in a cup shaped hollow known as...

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2012-01-11 16:31:30

Amsterdam Albatross or Amsterdam Island Albatross, (Diomedea amsterdamensis), is a species of albatross belonging to the Diomedeidae family. It was first described in 1983 and was originally believed to be a subspecies of the Wandering Albatross. BirdLife International now recognizes it as a separate species, but it is still considered a subspecies to some. The Amsterdam Albatross breeds only on Amsterdam Island, French Southern Territories in the southern Indian Ocean, at an elevation...

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