Damselfishes on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, including species used by the researchers in their study. Credit: Simon Gingins Double-Checking the Science on the Effects of Ocean Acidification Sometimes it helps to check the facts. You may be surprised by what you find. Over the last decade, several high-profile […]

IUCN Climate change and nutrient pollution are driving the oxygen from our oceans, and threatening many species of fish. That’s the conclusion of the biggest study of its kind, undertaken by conservation group IUCN. While nutrient run-off has been known for decades, researchers say that climate change is making the […]

Parrotfish numbers rise as reef quality decreases. Credit: Kendall Clements Researchers find familiar species pave the way for coral regrowth. In contrast to most other species, reef-dwelling parrotfish populations boom in the wake of severe coral bleaching. The surprise finding came when researchers led by Perth-based Dr. Brett Taylor of […]

Cladonema jellyfish have branched tentacles. Credit: Sosuke Fujita, Tohoku University Jellyfish are animals that possess the unique ability to regenerate body parts. A team of Japanese scientists has now revealed the cellular mechanisms that give jellyfish these remarkable “superpowers.” Their findings were published on August 26, 2019 in PeerJ. “Currently our knowledge of […]

Nature has evolved a dazzling array of materials that help organisms thrive in diverse habitats. Sometimes, scientists can exploit these designs to develop useful materials with similar or completely new functions. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces have made a durable and flexible super-water-repelling material inspired by spiky porcupinefish […]

Part ghost, part plastic bag, all amazing. This armless, shapeshifting sack is a jelly called Deepstaria. (Image credit: Nautilus (nautiluslive.org)) What in the name of Neptune’s beard is that thing? A ghost? An alien? The ghost of an alien? Such were the questions that vexed a team of deep-sea scientists aboard […]