Plankton-feeding fishes often dominate the fish assemblage on oceanic coral reefs. Credit: Dr. Christina Skinner Study reveals open ocean waters once assumed to be unproductive are in fact teeming with an abundance of life on coral reefs. Since Charles Darwin’s day, the abundance of life on coral reefs has been […]

Whale Shark with dorsal fin damage. Credit: Marine Conservation Society Seychelles A new study has for the first time explored the extraordinary rate at which the world’s largest fish, the endangered whale shark, can recover from its injuries. The findings reveal that lacerations and abrasions, increasingly caused through collisions with […]

Māori wrasse are large, colorful fish that can be found on the Great Barrier Reef. In a ground-breaking new study, scientists used innovative molecular techniques to explain how corals on the east coast of Australia survived previous tough conditions—enabling the Great Barrier Reef to become the vast reef it is […]

Changes in blood flow in brain regions when viewing angry and ambiguous facial expressions. Purple = low puberty testosterone, gray = medium, and green = high. Credit: Liao et al., JNeurosci 2021 For men with lower levels during puberty, higher testosterone increases brain response to faces. Young men with lower […]

British Antarctic Survey camera travelling down the 900-meter-long bore hole in the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf. (Marine creature pictured is unrelated to the discovery). Credit: Dr. Huw Griffiths/British Antarctic Survey Far underneath the ice shelves of the Antarctic, there’s more life than expected, finds a recent study in the journal Frontiers in […]

In warming waters, the demand for oxygen of many fish species will increase, progressively approaching the maximum oxygen supply capacity of their respiratory organs. New tool gauges impacts of warming waters on over 200 fish species. Warming ocean waters could reduce the ability of fish, especially large ones, to extract […]

Composite image showing just a small portion of the remarkable diversity of larval and juvenile fishes and invertebrates found living in surface slick nurseries along West Hawaii Island. Credit: Larval photos: Jonathan Whitney (NOAA Fisheries), Slick photo: Joey Lecky (NOAA Fisheries) The open ocean is a harsh place for newborn […]

Linum bienne is the closest relative to cultivated flax. Credit: University of Portsmouth Scientists from the University of Portsmouth and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have come up with a formula to help plant breeders and farmers around the world grow crops in a more sustainable way. The new checklist, which was published […]

A global study finds that species numbers reported in the wild fell sharply between 1990 and 2015. PHOTOGRAPH: DEAGOSTINI/GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The number of wild bee species recorded by an international database of life on earth has declined by a quarter […]