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2013-09-23 11:41:15

While we grapple with the impact of climate change, archaeologists suggest we spare a thought for Aboriginal Australians who had to cope with the last ice age. "The period scientists call the Last Glacial Maximum, or LGM for short, is the most significant climatic event ever faced by humans on this continent," Associate Professor Sean Ulm from James Cook University in Cairns said. Research recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Science sheds new light on the ways Aboriginal...

Dew Drops Help Keep Cicada Wings Fresh And Clean
2013-04-30 09:42:33

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A spritz of dew drops is all the cicadas on the East Coast need to keep their wings fresh and clean as they emerge from their 17-year slumber. A research team from the universities of Duke and James Cook revealed dew drops are beneficial not only in cleaning cicada wings, but other water-repellant, or superhydrophobic, surfaces as well. Dew drops “jump” by themselves on such surfaces, carrying away contaminants....

400-year-old Tradition Benefits Fisheries
2012-10-11 13:12:07

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University says that coral reefs in Aceh, Indonesia are benefiting from a decidedly low-tech, traditional management system that dates back to the 17th century. Known as "Panglima Laot" — the customary system focuses on social harmony and reducing conflict among communities over marine resources. According to the study, reefs benefitting from Panglima Laot contain as much eight time more fish and hard-coral cover due to...

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2012-01-27 06:53:12

According to long-term studies in Amazonia, Africa and central America, the worlds largest trees are dying off due to the encroachment of man. The roads and villages that men build fragment forests while the trees are battling against severe droughts, pests and diseases. The studies have shown that the trees have adapted well to centuries of storms, pests and short-term climactic extremes, reports the Guardian. But these large trees are counterintuitively more vulnerable than other trees...

Lessons In Coral Reef Survival From Deep Time
2012-01-23 05:13:49

Lessons from tens of millions of years ago are pointing to new ways to save and protect today´s coral reefs and their myriad of beautiful and many-hued fishes at a time of huge change in the Earth´s systems. The complex relationship we see today  between fishes and corals developed relatively recently in geological terms — and is a major factor in shielding reef species from extinction, says Professor David Bellwood of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef...

Parrot Fish Are The Constant Gardeners Of The World's Reefs
2011-12-09 03:38:26

Australian scientists have urged greater consideration for the brilliantly-hued parrot fishes that tend and renew the world´s imperiled coral reefs. “Parrotfishes are the constant gardeners of the reef. They play a crucial role in keeping it healthy, suppressing weed, removing sediment and helping the corals to regrow after a setback,” explains Professor David Bellwood of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University. In a major new study...

Image 1 - Analysis Confirms Sharks Are In Trouble
2011-09-28 08:05:38

Sharks are in big trouble on the Great Barrier Reef and worldwide, according to an Australian-based team who have developed a world-first way to measure rates of decline in shark populations. “There is mounting evidence of widespread, substantial, and ongoing declines in the abundance of shark populations worldwide, coincident with marked rises in global shark catches in the last half-century,” say Mizue Hisano, Professor Sean Connolly and Dr William Robbins from the ARC Centre...

Image 1 - Discovery Gives Hope For Saving Coral Reefs
2011-09-27 07:31:49

An international team of scientists has achieved a major breakthrough in fishing sustainability on coral reefs which could play a vital role in preventing their collapse. “Fishermen and scientists have long wondered how many fish can be taken off a reef before it collapses, says Dr Nick Graham of the ARC Centre of Excellence (ARC CoE) for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University. “The consequences of overfishing can be severe to the ecosystem and may take decades to...

Counting Fish From Space
2011-09-19 04:21:59

  A young research scientist who has studied fish from outer space in order to help predict the future of our coral reefs and their fish stocks is this year´s winner of a prestigious science prize. Dr Nick Graham of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University is this year´s laureate in the Life Sciences & Biological Sciences category of the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards. The Scopus Awards are presented annually by...

Image 1 - Seeking Keys To Coral Reef Renewal
2011-09-06 06:14:32

  Vital clues to coral reef recovery have been identified in a remarkable research project in which three scientists labored to hand-build 30 coral reefs from hundreds of tons of rock and gravel. Working in a shallow, sandy area of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, the team constructed their artificial reefs over several weeks, with just a boat and their bare hands, to find out whether it is possible to rescue a damaged coral reef from obliteration and restore its richness....


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