A team of researchers modified a kayak, equipped it with sensors, a petrol engine, strapped it to a ship, and set out to sea to measure zooplankton’s reaction to artificial light.
This colorful sea slug likes second-hand groceries.
Istanbul residents were delighted with the bright and milky water, as they were quick to point out on social media.
Do you think they get self-conscious about their weight?
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Natural hydrocarbon seeps are providing the nutrients for vast microbial communities to thrive in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mass extinctions present both a mortal threat and opportunity. During these events, a great deal of all terrestrial and marine life perishes, but this also makes room for the next lineage to flourish in its stead. Like a bush fire, mass extinctions may be nature’s way of “cleansing” – a reboot for new experimentation to start fresh. Despite being extremely important (it doesn’t get more dramatic than “mass extinction”), the kill triggers that spur these events in motion are still poorly understood. But we’re learning. For instance, a team reports that ancient malform plankton are a proxy for mass extinction events.
Tasmania’s Derwent River has put on a garb of surreal blue these past few nights as blooms of bioluminescent plankton light up the dark waters. But while photographers scramble to catch breathtaking pictures, scientists point to the more dire implications of the invasion of these tiny organisms so far south.
In what’s perhaps one of the most amazing marine science study, a team of researchers scoured the world’s oceans fishing for microbes, viruses and other tiny life during a three and a half year trip aboard a schooner. The trip was long and arduous for sure, but ultimately it paid out – big time! The team collected 35,000 samples at 210 stations over the voyage, and found 35,000 species of bacteria, 5,000 new viruses and 150,000 single-celled plants and creatures. Most of these are new to science. Only a small fraction of the newly discovered and known species alike had been genetically sequenced, but results so far show just how interconnected and symbiotic marine life is. It also means it’s also vulnerable in the face of environmental changes, particularly climate change.
New research suggests that plankton, like this adult brine shrimp, could play an important role in mixing oceans.
Would you believe me if I told you that under this rusty, abandoned metal cap there lies the deepest hole ever dug by mankind? That beneath this metal seal which measures only 9 inches in diameter there are 12,262 metres (40,230 ft) of nothingness? You might have your doubts – but you’d be wrong. A journey to the center of the
Nature has a way of defending itself and even things which we fail to understand play their part. For example, the reef helps protect the shore from devastating waves and tsunamis – and the recent tragic events were in a way just a reflection of what we are doing to the planet. Massive man made constructions were no way near