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Coral Reef Killer May Have A New Nemesis
2012-10-08 14:15:00

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The farmer and the casual gardener know the damage that can be done by an outside pest. Through chemical and organic (for the more eco-conscious among them) pesticides, they are able to eradicate the small predators that threaten their ecosystem. But just how do you effectively clear out a pest when its attack is underwater? This week, a team of marine scientists from James Cook University´s (JCU) ARC Centre of Excellence for...

Coral Hotspots Found In Deepwater Canyons
2012-09-28 04:33:26

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When most people think of coral reefs, they are transported to temperate waters in a tropical locale. To even locate a coral ecosystem in the cold waters of the mid and north Atlantic would be a difficult endeavor. Or, at least, one would have thought. A recent exploration of the continental shelf and slope of the Northeastern United States has revealed coral hotspots. These are areas that have an abundance of sea life existing in...

Coral Reefs Will Suffer If Climate Change Goes Unchecked
2012-09-17 12:17:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Time may be running out for the world´s coral reefs which could be severely victimized by rising global temperatures and carbon dioxide levels, according to a new report in Nature Climate Change. "Our findings show that under current assumptions regarding thermal sensitivity, coral reefs might no longer be prominent coastal ecosystems if global mean temperatures actually exceed 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above the...

rhabdopleura-compacta-colony
2012-09-08 08:09:09

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online "Out with the old and in with the new" is an adage we have all heard and probably lived by in this world of fast changing technology and fads.  But some tiny sea critters are showing us, newer isn't always better. Rhabdopleurids are small worm shaped animals that live on the ocean floor.  They build tube like homes of collagen on the shells of dead clams.  Rhabdopleurid colonies are small, and they are definitely not...

Improving Water Quality May Help Save Coral Reefs
2012-08-20 16:58:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online It has been found that an unevenness of nutrients in reef waters can increase the bleaching vulnerability of reef corals according to Research from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Numerous polyps jointly forming a layer of living tissue that cover the calcareous skeletons make up the corals. Single-celled algae called zooxanthellae, which live within the coral polyps, is what they...

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...

2012-08-03 23:00:03

Association with the open water swimming community helps guide company in providing safe and effective jellyfish and marine sting first aid products. Ocean City, NJ (PRWEB) August 03, 2012 Ocean Care Solutions, specializing in State of the Art Marine Life First Aid Kits and jellyfish sting relief solutions, works in concert with U.S., Asian and European swimming associations along with world class competitors to test and provide the latest, most comprehensively effective sting relief aid...

Ocean Fertilization Suffocates Carbon, Reduces Climate Change
2012-07-19 10:19:23

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The negative impact of climate change might be avoided by dumping massive amounts of iron into the world´s oceans, which smothers carbon dioxide for centuries, according to an international team of researchers who have recently published results of an ocean iron fertilization experiment (EIFEX) carried out in 2004. The new study, published in the science journal Nature, shows that sowing the ocean with iron particles sucks up...


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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