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Study: CO2 “acidification” does not harm Coral

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A study, pH homeostasis during coral calcification in a free ocean CO2 enrichment (FOCE) experiment, Heron Island reef flat, Great Barrier Reef led by researcher Lucy Georgiou has concluded that at least some Coral has the ability to regulate its own internal PH. This allows the studied coral to thrive,…

U. S. State Department fact sheet: Updates on commitments made at “Our Ocean” 2014

The inaugural Our Ocean conference in June 2014 generated ground-breaking commitments among international partners to promote sustainable fisheries, reduce marine pollution, and stem ocean acidification. The following are pledges made at the first conference and updates on progress made since then, as Our Ocean 2015 commences in Valparaiso, Chile. Show More Summary

The Tech-Powered Training That’s Forging Superathletes

How a San Francisco-area laboratory turned Jeremy Lin, Jason Castro, Teresa Noyola, and others into top athletes. The post The Tech-Powered Training That’s Forging Superathletes appeared first on WIRED.

How Baseball Is Building Better NFL Quarterbacks

From a biomechanical standpoint, the throwing motion for quarterbacks and pitchers is largely the same, so skills that help on the diamond can help on the gridiron. The post How Baseball Is Building Better NFL Quarterbacks appeared first on WIRED.

NOAA awards more than $1.3 million to predict coastal acidification impacts to commercial species and vulnerable habitats

NOAA has awarded more than $1.3 million to three universities for research on how economically and ecologically important marine species and coastal habitats are affected by ocean acidification. The research that comes from these awards will tell scientists how the chemistry of the coastal ocean is changing, where these changes will be most acute, and […]

Should women consume alcohol during pregnancy?

Experts discuss the evidence and current guidelines on the controversial topic of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Slot machines are more addictive when we see them as having human-like intentions

Slot machines are the great cash cow of the gambling industry, generating the bulk of income in casinos, and today they are also a feature of everyday life, found in high street pubs and bars and online. Slots are exquisitely designed...Show More Summary

Knee-deep in spider leg evolution

Biologists have identified the driving force behind the evolution of a leg novelty first found in spiders: knees.

A few more words about good brains and bad brains

My previous Good Brain / Bad Brain post may have been a little out there, so here are four brief comments.(1) HCP database. The entire Human Connectome Project database (ConnectomeDB) is an amazing resource that's freely available (more details in Van Essen et al., 2013, 2015). Show More Summary

Youngest students in class 30% more likely to die in suicide than older classmates, Japanese study shows

Researchers found for the first time that those who were born right before the school cutoff day and thus youngest in their cohort have 30% higher mortality rates by suicide, compared to their peer who were born right after the cutoff date and thus older. Show More Summary

Clues on how giraffe neck evolved

Researchers have discovered stages of cervical elongation in the giraffe family, revealing details about the evolutionary transformation of the neck within extinct species of the family.

High-arctic butterflies shrink with rising temperatures

New research shows that butterflies in Greenland have become smaller in response to increasing temperatures due to climate change.

Extremely active rats become lazy when they artificially receive 'runners' high'

Researchers have found that activating the pleasure and reward receptors in the brain could provide the 'reward' of dangerous drugs without having to consume those drugs.

The Hands and Feet of Homo naledi

Two New Papers Published on Homo naledi Two new papers on the latest hominin to be added to the human family tree have just been published in the academic journal “Nature Communications”.  Less than one month has passed since Everything Dinosaur blogged about the amazing fossil finds in the Rising Star Cavern, part of a […]

Chimpanzees shed light on origins of human walking

Scientists investigating human and chimpanzee locomotion have uncovered unexpected similarities in the way the two species use their upper body during two-legged walking.

Marine animal behaviour in a high CO2 ocean

Recently, the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on marine animal behaviour have garnered considerable attention, as they can impact biological interactions and, in turn, ecosystem structure and functioning. We reviewed current published...Show More Summary

Effects of ocean acidification on marine dissolved organic matter are not detectable over the succession of phytoplankton blooms

Marine dissolved organic matter (DOM) is one of the largest active organic carbon reservoirs on Earth, and changes in its pool size or composition could have a major impact on the global carbon cycle. Ocean acidification is a potential driver for these changes because it influences marine primary production and heterotrophic respiration. We simulated ocean […]

Tolerance to elevated temperature and ocean acidification of the larvae of the solitary corals Fungia fungites (Linnaues, 1758) and Lithophyllon repanda (Dana, 1846)

Increase in atmospheric CO2 is the main driver of global climate change and is projected to elevate sea surface temperature by at least 2°C and to decrease oceanic pH by 0.3 to 0.4 units by the end of the century. These factors seriously threaten coral reef ecosystems worldwide. In Okinawa, solitary corals are an important […]

A novel marine mesocosm facility to study global warming, water quality, and ocean acidification

We describe a completely randomizable flow-through outdoor mesocosm for climate change and ecotoxicology studies that was built with inexpensive materials. The 16 raceway tanks allow up to 6× water renewal per hour, avoiding changes in natural abiotic seawater conditions. We use an open-source hardware board (Arduino) that was adapted to control heaters and an innovative […]

Tintin drawing earns $1.23 million at Hong Kong auction

A rare original drawing of Tintin by Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi, better known as Hergé, has sold at auction in Hong Kong for $1.23 million. The India ink and gouache drawing depicts Tintin and his dog Snowy riding in a rickshaw on the streets of Shanghai while a police officer keeps a watchful eye [...]

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