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2009-06-03 16:22:45

U.S. scientists have determined certain squids can detect light through a symbiotic organ, not just through their eyes. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers said the light-emitting organ some squids use in camouflaging themselves to avoid being seen by predators also detects light. That, the scientists said, is a finding that might lead to insights into the mechanisms of controlling and perceiving light. Professor Margaret McFall-Ngai, who led the study, said the light organ, which...

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2009-06-02 07:51:58

It's hard to miss the huge eye of a squid. But now it appears that certain squids can detect light through an organ other than their eyes as well. That's what researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison report in the current issue (June 2) of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study shows that the light-emitting organ some squids use to camouflage themselves to avoid being seen by predators "” usually fish sitting on the ocean floor "” also detects...

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2009-04-15 13:02:31

Once thought to be only the realm of the blue-ringed octopus, researchers have now shown that all octopuses and cuttlefish, and some squid are venomous. The work indicates that they all share a common, ancient venomous ancestor and highlights new avenues for drug discovery. Conducted by scientists from the University of Melbourne, University of Brussels and Museum Victoria, the study was published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution. Dr Bryan Fry from the Department of Biochemistry at the...

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2009-03-26 15:42:50

Exquisitely sensitive microwave amplifier increases nano-scale measurement accuracy; could lead to quantum computing breakthroughs In the weird world of quantum mechanics, sub-atomic particles such as electrons and photons behave in strange ways that make no sense on the human scale. One of the counter-intuitive concepts of quantum mechanics is the uncertainty principle, which says that you can't pin a particle down. That means at any given moment, you can't know exactly both a particle's...

2009-01-19 15:59:16

A new device to stop fleeing drivers was modeled after and named for the ocean squid, says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Safe Quick Undercarriage Immobilization Device -- SQUID -- is about the size of a small tire and costs under $1,000, the department said in a statement. When deployed, the device becomes a mass of tentacles entangling the axle of vehicles large and small, said Martin Martinez, president of Engineering Science Analysis Corp. of Tempe, Ariz., which designed...

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2008-12-16 15:21:00

Researchers say the elevated carbon dioxide levels expected to be found in the world's oceans by 2100 will likely lead to physiological impairments of jumbo (or Humboldt) squid. The squids' lifestyle could be strongly influenced by changes in ocean acidity, the researchers Wrote in the journal PNAS. Oceans are becoming more acidic as a result of absorbing the carbon dioxide released by human activities, according to climate models. Rises in acidity have already been shown to affect shellfish...

2008-10-21 00:00:17

Experts said the hundreds of Humboldt squid that have washed up on Oregon beaches during the past few days died because they ventured too far north for food. Keith Chandler, general manager of the Seaside Aquarium, said the 3 1/2-foot-long squid are native to the waters of Southern California and Mexico but traveled north with the Humboldt current to seek out herring and other food sources, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Monday. "Cold upwellings of the Pacific can occur very quickly,"...

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2008-10-16 11:00:00

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder, have made the first tunable "noiseless" amplifier. By significantly reducing the uncertainty in delicate measurements of microwave signals, the new amplifier could boost the speed and precision of quantum computing and communications systems. Conventional amplifiers add unwanted "noise," or random fluctuations, when they measure and boost...

2008-10-02 03:00:25

By Rach, Nina M Exploration and development of petroleum resources in deep water requires extreme engineering. Often equated with the technical demands of working in space, the high pressures and low temperatures of the deep ocean's extreme conditions require highly engineered robotics and thermal protection systems. Images provided by remotely operated vehicles 1-2 miles below the ocean surface give us a glimpse of unusual creatures and ecosystems. ROVs run by Oceaneering International...

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2008-06-10 09:40:00

Contamination of the deep oceanic food web is occurring, new study reportsNew evidence that chemical contaminants are finding their way into the deep-sea food web has been found in deep-sea squids and octopods, including the strange-looking "vampire squid". These species are food for deep-diving toothed whales and other predators.In a study to be published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, Michael Vecchione of NOAA Fisheries' National Systematics Laboratory and colleagues Michael...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.