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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.  

Do Dolphins Think Nonlinearly?

July 18th, 2012 at 8:45 am » Comments (0)

Dolphin behavior is still largely an enigma to humans. Research from the University of Southampton, which examines how dolphins might process their sonar signals, could provide a new system for human-made sonar to detect targets, such as sea mines, in bubbly water.

Doctors develop cancer fighting drugs from coral reefs

April 20th, 2012 at 11:45 am » Comments (0)

Coral reef The Florida Keys are a magnet for tourists.  But the kaleidoscope of life in the coral reefs under the turquoise waters isn’t just a pretty view.  The same chemistry that helps corals and sponges survive is also helping people fight cancer.

Strange hybrid deep-sea creatures discovered

March 7th, 2012 at 11:38 am » Comments (0)

A hermit crab uses an anemone as a shell. A strange and rare hybrid site in the deep sea where two extreme seafloor environments exist side by side has been discovered by scientists.  They are home to a parade of weird hybrid creatures seemingly adapted to the hardships posed by both intense environments.

Ocean plankton the key ingredient that decides the future of Earth’s climate

February 19th, 2012 at 12:02 pm » Comments (0)

Understanding the chemistry of phytoplankton is key to controlling Earth’s climate. Tiny ‘phytoplankton’ in the oceans have a huge impact on Earth’s climate – and understanding them could be key to the planet’s future health.

Humpback whales living in same ocean basin found singing different tunes

February 11th, 2012 at 8:39 pm » Comments (0)

New findings about Humpback whales change old views. Whale song and the development of whale culture is a fascinating thing. Now researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Columbia University and Australia have found that humpback whales from different sides of the same ocean basin are singing different songs — an surprising finding since whales […]

Ancient seagrass holds secrets of the oldest living organism on earth

February 8th, 2012 at 8:01 am » Comments (0)

A meadow of the seagrass plant Posidonia oceanica, which spreads by creating clones of itself. It’s big, it’s old and it lives under the sea — and now an international research collaboration with The University of Western Australia’s Ocean’s Institute has confirmed that an ancient seagrass holds the secrets of the oldest living organism on […]

Terrifying looking creature viewed under an electron microscope

July 19th, 2011 at 9:57 am » Comments (0)

Hydrothermal worm This is a real creature.  It’s not from J.J. Abrams’ next monster movie, this guy is 100% real.  But it’s so small that it’s pretty much invisible to the naked eye.  

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