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How Do Phytoplankton Survive When A Critical Nutrient Is Hard To Find?
2014-06-06 03:50:45

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution New study up-ends conventional wisdom Phytoplankton—tiny, photosynthetic organisms—are essential to life on Earth, supplying us with roughly half the oxygen we breathe. Like all other life forms, phytoplankton require the element phosphorus to carry out critical cellular activity, but in some parts of the world’s ocean, P is in limited supply. How do phytoplankton survive when phosphorus is difficult to find? Phytoplankton can alter...

Iron From Melting Ice Sheets Could Buffer Global Warming
2014-05-21 03:19:14

University of Bristol A newly-discovered source of oceanic bioavailable iron could have a major impact on our understanding of marine food chains and global warming. A UK team, including researchers from the University of Bristol, has found that summer meltwaters from ice sheets are rich in iron, which will have important implications on phytoplankton growth. Their findings are reported today in Nature Communications. It is well known that bioavailable iron boosts phytoplankton growth...

2014-04-30 23:23:10

Aqua Health Labs, a Chicago based nutritional supplement company, is taking direct aim at the Omega-3 supplement market currently dominated by processed fish oils. The company’s flagship product PhytOriginal is the first and only EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, an essential fatty acid) supplement on the market today containing live marine phytoplankton. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 Aqua Health Labs, a Chicago based nutritional supplement company, is taking direct aim at the Omega-3...

OCULLAR Can Observe Ocean Color Day And Night
2014-04-29 03:17:55

Lori Keesey, NASA A team led at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has developed an instrument capable of observing ocean color during normal sunlight conditions and under moonlight — a first-ever capability that will allow scientists to monitor the health and chemistry of the planet’s oceans literally around the clock. The prototype Ocean Color Underwater Low Light Advanced Radiometer (OCULLAR) has shown in field testing that it can measure ocean color under...

2014-04-02 23:33:58

ForeverGreen Unveils New Product- SolarStrips will be available in over 160 countries Orem, Utah (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 ForeverGreen Worldwide Corporation (OTCBB:FVRG), a leading provider of nutritional foods and other healthy products, showcased its new product SolarStrips on March 28, 2014. SolarStrips, which are currently available, utilize patented strip technology and ingredients which helps provide the body with nutritious food to properly function. SolarStrips is a dissolvable...

Plankton Make Scents For A Cooler Planet And Seabirds
2014-03-21 08:22:49

University of California, Davis The top predators of the Southern Ocean, far-ranging seabirds, are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton, according to newly published work from the University of California, Davis. When phytoplankton are eaten by grazing crustaceans called krill, they release a chemical signal that calls in krill-eating birds. At the same time, this chemical signal — dimethyl...

Ocean Food Web Plays Key Role In The Global Carbon Cycle
2014-03-12 10:39:50

University of California - Santa Barbara Nothing dies of old age in the ocean. Everything gets eaten and all that remains of anything is waste. But that waste is pure gold to oceanographer David Siegel, director of the Earth Research Institute at UC Santa Barbara. In a study of the ocean's role in the global carbon cycle, Siegel and his colleagues used those nuggets to their advantage. They incorporated the lifecycle of phytoplankton and zooplankton — small, often microscopic animals...

Earth's Oceans Oxygenated By First Sea Animals
2014-03-11 06:28:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Exeter say that the evolution of the first animals helped oxygenate the oceans. A long held belief says that oxygenation of the atmosphere and oceans were a pre-requisite for the evolution of complex life forms. However, the latest study published in the journal Nature Geoscience contradicts this belief. The latest study builds on previous research by scientists in Denmark who found that sponges...

UW graduate student Katherine Heal
2014-02-25 06:38:00

Hannah Hickey, University of Washington The phrase, 'Eat your vitamins,' applies to marine animals just like humans. Many vitamins, including B-12, are elusive in the ocean environment. University of Washington researchers used new tools to measure and track B-12 vitamins in the ocean. Once believed to be manufactured only by marine bacteria, the new results show that a whole different class of organism, archaea, can supply this essential vitamin. The results were presented Feb. 24 at...

Corals Keep Climate Record
2013-12-16 10:19:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In addition to providing shelter and being an important part of a marine ecosystem, coral reefs can also serve as a record of long-term changes to the ecosystem. According to a new study published on Sunday in the journal Nature, an analysis of Pacific corals has revealed changes at the bottom of the marine food web observed in recent decades in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre may have started over 150 years ago. The study team...


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Chilean Sea Urchin, Loxechinus albus
2013-01-28 14:52:23

Image Caption: Chilean Sea Urchin, Loxechinus albus. Credit: Dentren/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) The Chilean sea urchin (Loxechinus albus) is a species that can be found along the coastlines of Chile and Peru. It is typically found in shallow waters at or below the tide level, buried in sand or lying just on top of it. This species is often associated with Macrocystis pyrifera, a type of kelp. It is most often found in more open spaces. The Chilean sea urchin can reach an average width of...

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  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
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