February 16, 2014
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Deep ocean needs policy, stewardship where it never existed, experts urge

echnological advances have made the extraction of deep sea mineral and precious metal deposits feasible, and the dwindling supply of land-based materials creates compelling economic incentives for deep sea industrialization. But at what cost? Plans to … Continue reading

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August 22, 2013
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Food source for whales, seals and penguins at risk: Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats

Antarctic krill are usually less than 6 cm in length but their size belies the major role they play in sustaining much of the life in the Southern Ocean. They are the primary food source for many species of whales, seals, penguins and fish. Continue reading

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August 19, 2013
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Native Californians followed the greenery: Environment shaped 12,000 years of ethnic and linguistic diversity

California’s rich diversity of Native American ethnic-and-language groups took shape during the past 12,000 years as migrating tribes settled first on the lush Pacific coast and then in progressively drier, less-vegetated habitats, says a new study. Continue reading

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July 29, 2013
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New whipray species identified by its DNA

Biologists have analysed tissue samples of 115 spotted whiprays of the Himantura genus, collected in various parts of the Indio-Pacific region. By means of genetic markers — as opposed to morphological criteria only — the scientists were able to desc… Continue reading

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July 15, 2013
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Nesting Gulf of Mexico loggerhead turtles face offshore risks

Threatened loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico can travel distances up to several hundred miles and visit offshore habitats between nesting events in a single season, taking them through waters impacted by oil and fishing industries. Continue reading

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July 10, 2013
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Discovery of the ‘Plastisphere:’ New marine ecological community harboring disease-causing microbes

The masses of plastic debris that float over large areas of the world’s oceans have become new ecological communities that scientists have named the “Plastisphere.” These novel habitats in the North Atlantic Ocean may harbor potential disease-causing m… Continue reading

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July 5, 2013
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Octopus’ blue blood allows them to rule the waves

Worldwide colonization by octopods is in their blood. They manage to survive temperature habitats ranging from as low as -1.8°C to more than 30°C due to their ability to keep supplying oxygen to their body tissues. A new study shows that a blue colored pigment, hemocyanin, in their blood, responsible for oxygen transport, crucially allows octopods to live in freezing temperatures. Continue reading

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July 5, 2013
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Unique shell design gives guillemot eggs an edge for living on the edge

Unique nano-structures on guillemot eggshells eggs enable them to survive precarious habitats, on exposed cliffs with no nest. A new study shows how these structures act as self-cleaning guardians of the eggs, preventing them from falling and protectin… Continue reading

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June 1, 2013
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Catastrophic climatic events leave corals facing a decade-long fight for recovery

Coral reefs can take more than a decade to recover from catastrophic climatic events, with some species taking up to 13 years to recolonise their original habitats, scientists have discovered. Continue reading

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May 15, 2013
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Tiny water creepy crawlies from South Korea and the Russian Far East

Tiny and hard to notice for the human eye water mites are present almost every stream and in in every continent apart from Antarctica. A new study explores the water mites of the family Torrenticolidae from a variety of habitats in South Korea and the … Continue reading

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May 3, 2013
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‘Dark oxidants’ form away from sunlight in lake and ocean depths, underground soils

All forms of life that breathe oxygen — even ones that can’t be seen with the naked eye, such as bacteria — must fight oxidants to live. But neutralizing environmental oxidants such as superoxide was a worry only for organisms that dwell in sunlight … Continue reading

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April 29, 2013
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What happened to dinosaurs’ predecessors after Earth’s largest extinction 252 million years ago?

Predecessors to dinosaurs missed the race to fill habitats emptied when nine out of 10 species disappeared during Earth’s largest mass extinction 252 million years ago. Continue reading

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April 29, 2013
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Sea turtles benefiting from protected areas

Nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries, according to a new study that is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park. Continue reading

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April 23, 2013
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Flexible partnership allows lichens to occur in different habitats

A group of researchers has discovered the survival secrets of a lichen that occurs in polar regions of the northern and southern Hemisphere, but curiously also dwells in the warm climate of the Mediterranean. The lichen is able to form symbiotic associ… Continue reading

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April 18, 2013
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‘First step’ in addressing effects of climate change

A new report on potential effects of climate change uses existing observations and science-based expectations to identify how climate change could affect habitats, plants and animals within the sanctuary and adjacent coastal areas. Continue reading

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April 2, 2013
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Tiny grazers play key role in marine ecosystem health

Tiny sea creatures no bigger than a thumbtack are being credited for playing a key role in helping provide healthy habitats for many kinds of seafood, according to a new study. The little crustacean “grazers,” some resembling tiny shrimp, are critical … Continue reading

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March 11, 2013
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Pittsburgh’s leaky faucet: How aging sewers are impacting urban watersheds

Aging sewer systems are spilling a considerable amount of nitrogen into urban watersheds, diminishing both the quality of water and ecosystems’ habitats. However, many studies documenting the impacts of nitrogen on urban environs have not properly esti… Continue reading

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March 1, 2013
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Monkey poses for police photo after getting caught trashing woman’s home

As more and more humans make themselves at home in once wild habitats, monkeys have begun taking the liberty to trespass in return — and some seem quite pleased with themselves for doing so. Continue reading

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February 22, 2013
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Vibrant mix of marine life found at extreme ocean depths

The first scientific examinations of data recorded during a record-setting expedition have yielded new insights about the diversity of creatures that live and thrive in the cold, dark, and highly pressurized habitats of the world’s deepest points and t… Continue reading

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February 11, 2013
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Large, ancient landslides delivered preferred upstream habitats for coho salmon

A study of the Umpqua River basin in the Oregon Coast Range helps explain natural processes behind the width of valleys and provides potentially useful details for river restoration efforts designed to improve habitats for coho salmon. Continue reading

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