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Harnessing nature's defences against tsunamis
As sea levels rise and adverse weather events become more common, vulnerable coastal communities are at increasing risk of devastation from storm surges and tsunamis. (2019-12-12)
Corals survive to tell the tale of Earth's newest island eruption
Coral reefs on a tiny island in the South Pacific have shown incredible resilience and recovery from a recent but very severe disturbance: a volcanic eruption that created a new island. (2019-12-08)
Gulf Coast corals face catastrophe
Gulf of Mexico coral reefs may only be saved by a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions beyond those called for in the Paris Agreement, according to Rice University-led research. (2019-12-05)
Call for cooperation as 'blue boats' rob Pacific reefs
A flotilla of Vietnamese fishing boats with crews suffering in harsh conditions is stripping Pacific coral reefs of seafood as the poaching escalates to become an international human rights and security issue. (2019-12-04)
Gulf of Mexico coral reefs to protect from storm surge in the future -- But will they?
LSU researcher Kristine DeLong uses 120,000-year-old fossils to predict how Gulf of Mexico coral reefs will respond to climate change toward the end of this century. (2019-12-04)
Great Barrier Reef study shows how reef copes with rapid sea-level rise
A survey of coral reef cores on the Great Barrier Reef has revealed how it has responded to recent periods of rapid sea-level rise. (2019-12-03)
For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics
A new experiment by the University of Washington has found that some corals are more likely to eat microplastics when they are consuming other food, yet microplastics alone are undesirable. (2019-12-03)
When reefs die, parrotfish thrive
In contrast to most other species, reef-dwelling parrotfish populations boom in the wake of severe coral bleaching. (2019-12-02)
Sounds of the past give new hope for coral reef restoration
Young fish can be drawn to degraded coral reefs by loudspeakers playing the sounds of healthy reefs, according to new research published in Nature Communications. (2019-11-29)
Paleontologists identify new group of pterosaurs
New research suggests that ancient flying reptiles known as pterosaurs were much more diverse than originally thought, according to a new study by an international group of paleontologists including scientists at the University of Alberta and the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (2019-11-29)
Bad news for Nemo
The beloved anemone fish popularized by the movies 'Finding Nemo' and 'Finding Dory' don't have the genetic capacity to adapt to rapid changes in their environment, according to a new study. (2019-11-27)
Finding Nemo's family: a good home is more important than good genes
The reproductive success of the clownfish depends on the quality of its home, not its genes. (2019-11-26)
How mantis shrimp make sense of the world
A new study provides insight into how the small brains of mantis shrimp - fierce predators with keen vision that are among the fastest strikers in the animal kingdom - are able to make sense of a breathtaking amount of visual input. (2019-11-25)
El Nino swings more violently in the industrial age, compelling hard evidence says
El Ninos, La Ninas, and the climate phenomenon that drives them have become more extreme in the times of human-induced climate change, says hard physical evidence spanning millennia that has recently come together. (2019-11-22)
Scientists first to develop rapid cell division in marine sponges
Despite efforts over multiple decades, there are still no cell lines for marine invertebrates. (2019-11-21)
New disease hits corals
The emergence of a new coral disease in Micronesian reefs, termed grey-patch disease, is reported in the open-access journal Microbiome. (2019-11-21)
HKUST researchers shed light on modulation of thermal bleaching of coral reefs by internal waves
An international research team led by an ocean scientist from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has demonstrated in a recent research paper the cooling impact of internal waves across depths on coral reefs, which has the potential to create thermal refuges for corals and is important for making more accurate predictions of coral bleaching. (2019-11-20)
New danger for corals in warming oceans: Metal pollution
Metal copper from agricultural runoff and marine paint leaching from boat hulls poses an emerging threat to soft coral sea fans in the waters around Puerto Rico. (2019-11-19)
Mantis shrimp vs. disco clams: Colorful sea creatures do more than dazzle
Eight years ago, Lindsey Dougherty encountered a colorful creature called a disco clam in an Indonesian reef. (2019-11-18)
Nitrous oxide emissions set to rise in the Pacific Ocean
The acidification of the Pacific Ocean in northern Japan is increasing the natural production rate of N2O, an ozone-depleting greenhouse gas. (2019-11-12)
Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress
Healthy mangroves can help fight the consequences of climate change on coral reef fisheries, according to a University of Queensland-led study. (2019-11-12)
Prey-size plastics are invading larval fish nurseries
A new study by researchers at Arizona State University's Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science (GDCS) and NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center has revealed that larval fish species from various ocean habitats are now being threatened by plastic pollution that infects their nursery habitats---at levels on average, eight times higher than those recently found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (2019-11-11)
New study first to reveal growth rates of deep-sea coral communities
Researchers from the University of Hawai'i, Hawai'i Pacific University and NOAA revealed for the first time growth rates of deep-sea coral communities and the pattern of colonization by various species over time scales of centuries to millennia. (2019-11-08)
Pesticide management is failing Australian and Great Barrier Reef waterways
Scientists say a failure of Australian management means excessive amounts of harmful chemicals -- many now banned in countries such as the EU, USA and Canada -- are damaging the country's waterways and the Great Barrier Reef. (2019-11-07)
Red algae thrive despite ancestor's massive loss of genes
You'd think that losing 25 percent of your genes would be a big problem for survival. (2019-10-29)
Extinction of cold-water corals on the Namibian shelf due to low oxygen contents
Researchers have only been aware of the existence of fossil cold-water corals off the coast of Namibia since 2016. (2019-10-28)
Great Barrier Reef island coral decline
A long-term study of coral cover on island groups of the Great Barrier Reef has found declines of between 40 and 50 percent of live, hard corals at inshore island groups during the past few decades. (2019-10-27)
Strong winter dust storms may have caused the collapse of the Akkadian Empire
Fossil coral records provide new evidence that frequent winter shamals, or dust storms, and a prolonged cold winter season contributed to the collapse of the ancient Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia. (2019-10-24)
Fish pass 'hot genes' onto their grandchildren
Fish that are able to survive and adjust to warming waters may pass heat-tolerant genes not just onto their children, but their grandchildren too. (2019-10-22)
Schools of molecular 'fish' could improve display screens
Researchers are using a type of material called liquid crystals to create incredibly small, swirling schools of 'fish.' (2019-10-21)
GenBank can be trusted
Smithsonian scientists and colleagues working to identify coral reef organisms analyzed more than 4.7 million animal DNA sequences from GenBank, the most commonly used tool used to identify environmental DNA, and discovered that animal identification errors are surprisingly rare--but sometimes very funny. (2019-10-21)
Climate warming promises more frequent extreme El Niño events
New research, based on 33 historical El Niño events from 1901 to 2017, show climate change effects have shifted the El Niño onset location from the eastern Pacific to the western Pacific and caused more frequent extreme El Niño events since the 1970's. (2019-10-21)
New deep-water coral discovered
A new octocoral species was recently discovered in a biodiversity hotspot and World Heritage Site in Pacific Panama. (2019-10-21)
The composition of species is changing in ecosystems across the globe
While the identities of species in local assemblages are undergoing significant changes, their average number is relatively constant. (2019-10-17)
Mapping global biodiversity change
A new study, published in Science, which focuses on mapping biodiversity change in marine and land ecosystems shows that loss of biodiversity is most prevalent in the tropic, with changes in marine ecosystems outpacing those on land. (2019-10-17)
3-D printed coral could help endangered reefs
Threats to coral reefs are everywhere--rising water temperatures, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, fishing and other human activities. (2019-10-16)
AI system more accurately identifies collapsed lungs using chest X-rays
New assistive technology can diagnose collapsed lungs from chest X-rays with a higher degree of accuracy than radiologists. (2019-10-16)
Researchers describe a survival strategy in living corals which was only seen in fossil records
Some corals can recover after massive mortality episodes caused by the water temperature rise. (2019-10-15)
Reef fish caring for their young are taken advantage of by other fish
Among birds, the practice of laying eggs in other birds' nests is surprisingly common. (2019-10-09)
Infectious disease in marine life linked to decades of ocean warming
New research shows that long-term changes in diseases in ocean species coincides with decades of widespread environmental change. (2019-10-09)
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