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Fish farms have become a bigger business than the open sea

September 9th, 2015 at 7:50 pm » Comments Off

People around the world are eating more fish from farms than from the open sea for the first time ever. This has spurred billions of dollars of takeovers as one of the largest food companies seeks to capitalize on rising demand.

Algae used to extract metals from mine tailings

December 30th, 2014 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

England’s Cornish Tin Mine Jamie Doward – A pioneering research project to clean up a flooded Cornish tin mine is using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals in its toxic water, while simultaneously producing biofuel. If the project, which is at a very early stage, is proven to work, it could have huge environmental […]

Surprising huge diversity in aging revealed in nature

December 8th, 2014 at 1:34 pm » Comments Off

Not all species weaken and become more likely to die as they age. Most people would probably describe aging as when we our in our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die. But, in nature, the phenomenon of aging shows an unexpected diversity of patterns and is altogether rather strange, […]

SeaOrbiter – a spaceship-like floating lab that could be exploring our oceans by 2016

December 2nd, 2014 at 4:52 pm » Comments Off

SeaOrbiter Surprisingly, we know little about Earth’s oceans despite covering more than 70% of our planet’s surface. With more than 95% of the world’s underwater realm unexplored, scientists know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than the bottom of the ocean. Due to intense pressures and poor visibility, the deep ocean is an extremely […]

We harvest the blood of half a million horseshoe crabs a year for medical science

November 14th, 2014 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

Harvesting the blood of horseshoe crabs. The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood besides the baby blue color, is a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in inescapable clots.  

CHAT – a translator that turns dolphin sounds into English

April 11th, 2014 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Dolphins are believed to be one of the most intelligent animal species on the planet. Scientists have developed a working translator that can take dolphin sounds and turn them into spoken English. The translator called CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemeintry), takes the whistling sounds that dolphins make to communicate, and matches them to a known database of meanings. […]

Sharks use Twitter to warn Aussie swimmers

December 27th, 2013 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

When a shark comes roughly within .6 mile to shore a transmitter triggers an alert to send a tweet. Western Australia (WA) scientists have equipped at least 320 sharks with transmitters that update a Twitter feed when the shark nears shore, meaning that technology is one step closer to finally defeating sharks.    

Dolphins use whistles to call each other by individual names

July 24th, 2013 at 8:38 am » Comments Off

Dolphins have individual signature whistles. Humans use particular vocal labels for objects and for people. These are called words, and names. There are many animals that use sounds to convey information such as a wolf’s howl.  Some creatures, such as parrots and dolphins, can learn specific vocal labels. And wild dolphins are known to have […]

Information war is the ‘new cold war’

August 27th, 2012 at 10:21 am » Comments (0)

An information war has erupted around the world. Around the world an information war has erupted. The lines for battle have been drawn between governments that regard the free flow of information, and the ability to access it, as a matter of fundamental human rights, and those that regard official control of information as a […]

Tool-using dolphins have been found to socialize in cliques

August 1st, 2012 at 1:05 pm » Comments (0)

Dolphins that use marine sponges to forage for food have been found to socialize in cliques. In the first definitive example of subculture in animals, Australian bottlenose dolphins that use marine sponges to forage for food have been found to socialize in cliques.