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Mussels Help Create Artificial Tendons
2013-07-24 11:54:52

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT researchers have discovered precisely why mussels are able to stick to slick surfaces so well, even when faced with stiff currents and rocking waves. And beyond unraveling one more of nature's little secrets, the researchers believe they can use this information to help repair human tendons. Mussels use filaments called byssus threads to adhere to piers, rocks and more. These byssus threads allow the mussels to stray out a...

2013-05-30 23:27:01

DBH USA LLC introduces AIR-Active Instant Relief Cream, an all-natural alternative for joint pain. Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2013 DBH USA LLC http://www.airdbh.com launches two all- natural products, a cream and supplement, that contain GlycOmega®-PLUS an innovative formula that contains    Green-lipped mussel from New Zealand that has been clinically proven to reduce joint pain by 49%. The products called AIR for Active Instant Relief represent an...

2012-07-16 23:01:01

Omega XL® announces an environmental milestone with the New Zealand Department of Fisheries to ensure the eco-sustainability of the New Zealand Green-Lipped mussel, the exclusive source of the patented omega-3 marine lipid extract known as PCSO-524 found in Omega XL. Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) July 16, 2012 “Eco-sustainability” is the capacity of ecosystems to maintain their essential functions and processes, and retain their biodiversity in full measure over the long-term....

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2011-07-15 09:29:05

Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems, UC Davis researchers will report July 15 in the Journal of Experimental Biology. California mussels (Mytilus californianus) live in beds along the western coast of the United States from Alaska to California. More than 300 other species share the beds or depend on the mussels in some way. "Because these mussels play...

2010-08-16 18:08:56

Climate change is causing higher air and water temperatures along the east coast of the United States. These changes have shrunk the geographic region where blue mussels are able to survive, according to findings by University of South Carolina researchers published in the Journal of Biogeography. Mytilus edulis, or blue mussels, a popular seafood, used to live along the East Coast as far south as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, but now exist only as far south as Lewes, Delaware, according to...

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2010-05-03 10:30:58

New understanding of marine ecology will enable better management of resources Explaining and understanding life cycles is on many people's minds in spring, and McGill Biologist Dr. Fr©d©ric Guichard is no exception "“ in fact, he's made a fascinating discovery relating to the life, death, reproduction and communication "¦ of mussels. Guichard says marine life can communicate over thousands of kilometers, calling into question current fishery management and marine...

2009-08-28 13:31:27

The invasive green mussel has a powerful form of adhesion in its foot that could be copied to form synthetic adhesives, scientists in California said. The mussel, formally known as Perna viridis, has a sticky adhesive with a chemistry far more complicated than mussels studied previously, said J. Herbert Waite, a professor at the Marine Science Institute of the University of California, Santa Barbara. During six years of study, Waite and his team determined the green mussel's stickiness has...

2009-08-27 14:15:00

The green mussel is known for being a notoriously invasive fouling species, but scientists have just discovered that it also has a very powerful form of adhesion in its foot, according to a recent article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The stickiness of the mussel's foot could possibly be copied to form new man-made adhesives.Other mussels have inspired synthetic polymers that have been made into versatile adhesives and coatings, explained J. Herbert Waite, senior author and a...


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Asian Green Mussel, Perna Viridis
2013-04-24 15:00:31

The Asian Green Mussel, Perna Viridis, is an economically noteworthy mussel, a bivalve in the family Mytilidae. It’s harvested for food but it is also known to harbor toxins and cause damage to submerged structures. It’s a native to the Asia-Pacific region but has been introduced in the Caribbean, and in the waters around Japan, North America, and South America. This mussel ranges from 80 to 100 millimeters in length and might occasionally reach 165 millimeters. The shell ends in a...

Mediterranean Mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis
2013-04-21 08:41:44

The Mediterranean mussel, Mytilus galloprovincialis, is a species of bivalve, a marine mollusk belonging to the family Mytilidae. It’s an invasive species in many areas of the world as well as an object of aquaculture. Mytilus galloprovincialis has the potential to grow up to 140 millimeters in length. The shell is smooth with a slightly broader base than that of the black mussel, with which it’s often confused with in South Africa. The coloration of the shell is a blue-violet or...

New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel, Perna Canalicula
2013-04-21 08:36:56

The New Zealand green-lipped mussel, Perna canalicula known also as the New Zealand mussel, the greenshell mussel, kuku, and kutai, is a bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Mytilidae. This mollusk has great significance as a cultivated species within New Zealand. This mollusk occurs all around New Zealand’s mainland. It’s usually seen below the intertidal zone, but it can be seen in the intertidal zone. It feeds on a variety of phytoplankton. P. canalicula is significant to the...

Brown Mussel, Perna perna
2013-04-20 15:57:05

The brown mussel, Perna perna, is an economically significant mussel, a bivalve mollusk belonging to the family Mytilidae. This particular mollusk is harvested as a food source but is known also to harbor toxins and cause damage to marine structures. It’s native to the waters of Africa, Europe, and South America and was introduced in the waters of North America. This mussel is typically 90 millimeters long although it has the potential to reach sizes of up to 120 millimeters. It’s...

Bathymodiolus Childressi
2013-04-16 18:54:23

Bathymodiolus childressi is a species of deepwater mussel, a marine bivalve mollusk species belonging to the family Mytilidae. Although this species has been known since the year 1985, it was formerly described as a species in 1998. This species resides in cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. It is stenothermal species living in temperatures ranging from 6.5 to 7.2 degrees Celsius. This mussel harbors intracellular methanotrophic bacteria within its gills. This bacteria provides carbon...

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Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.