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Ocean exploration uncovers one of Cuba's hidden natural treasures

(Florida Atlantic University) After nearly two years of planning, a team of scientists from the US and Cuba has explored never-before-studied mesophotic coral reefs during a month-long circumnavigation of the entire coast of Cuba, spanning about 1,500 miles. Show More Summary

Hawaii mulls banning some sunscreens to protect coral reefs

1 hour agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Big Island's pristine coastline is home to one of the state's largest coral reefs, but scientists say it's dying at an alarming rate

Modern genetic sequencing tools give clearer picture of how corals are related

The documentary "Chasing Coral," released on Netflix in July, is a cinematic warning about how the bleaching of coral reefs may foreshadow how these marine animals will respond to climate change. Corals are key to ocean health because they support the densest, most diverse ecosystems—harboring species from turtles to algae to reef fish.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

How social media can help keep tabs on ecosystems' health

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram could be a rich source of free information for scientists tasked with monitoring the health of coral reefs and other environmental assets, our new research suggests.

Funded PhD: “Coral reef futures under climate change and ocean acidification, geography”

The University of Exeter and the University of Queensland are seeking exceptional students to join a world-leading, cross-continental research team tackling major challenges facing the world’s population in global sustainability and wellbeing as part of the recently launched QUEX Institute. Show More Summary

A Wild Explanation For Why These Sea Snakes Are Losing Their Stripes

Sea snakes are a striking sight on the sun-dappled Pacific and Indian Ocean coral reefs they call home. They swim with deliberate, yet graceful winding movements above the reef, and they are often conspicuously-coloured, with many species sporting patterns flush with yellows, oranges and blues, broken up by stripes, blotches and spots. Show More Summary

Swimming with humpback whales at Australia's Ningaloo Reef

MailOnline Travel's Lisa Young stayed at the lesser known - but still incredible - Ningaloo Reef, where you can reach corals from the beach in minutes by kayak. And nearby lurk majestic humpbacks.

Weeding: It's Not Just for Gardeners

By Kayla Keyes, Mote Marine Laboratory Recent news about Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has been grim: the most recent aerial survey of the reef identified a stretch of bleached coral over 900 miles (1500 km) long, and scientists have declared the reef to be in a terminal stage. Show More Summary

How urban seasnakes lost their stripes

Researchers studying turtle-headed seasnakes living on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific noticed something unusual about the snakes' color patterns: seasnakes living in more pristine parts of the reef were decorated with black-and-white bands or blotches. Those in places with more human activity—near the city or military activity—were black.

Multiple stressors and the functioning of coral reefs

Coral reefs provide critical services to coastal communities, and these services rely on ecosystem functions threatened by stressors. By summarizing the threats to the functioning of reefs from fishing, climate change, and decreasing...Show More Summary

The survival, recovery, and diversification of metazoan reef ecosystems following the end-Permian mass extinction event

The Triassic Period records important ecological transitions in the aftermath of the end-Permian mass extinction and is a key interval in the evolution of modern coral reefs. There have been several critical developments in our understanding of Triassic reef evolution over the past decade: the timing of events and duration of stages have changed dramatically; […]

Ninja immigrants: How big sea turtles from central Mexico found new homes on a Long Beach river

When scientists confirmed their existence in the San Gabriel River in 2008, the green sea turtles were thought to be oddballs or lost wanderers. The federally endangered species usually is found in tropical haunts — amid coral reefs or on the sandy beaches where they lay eggs. But this colony was...

Microsoft’s proposed to disguise underwater Azure lairs as vibrant coral reefs

One day, after AIs have cleaned the surface via a massive nuclear strike, they will need somewhere safe to retreat to until the fires die down. That place may be Microsoft’s submerged data centres, powered by fuel cells and the motion...Show More Summary

Understanding how fishers fish on coral reefs can inform fishery management strategies

(Dartmouth College) A Dartmouth study of spearfishing on a Caribbean coral reef illustrates how understanding the process of fishing can help in developing management strategies to address overfishing and coral reef protection worldwide. Show More Summary

China criticizes British freedom of navigation mission plans

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Flight of Light launches on Wii U

Fly through fantastical forests in-time to the funky beat. Cruise round coral reefs to the sounds of chilled out tunes. Race past asteroid colonies powered by electronic music! Flight of Light is a rhythm game that cuts its own path through exotic, otherworldly landscapes. Show More Summary

Homegrown coral reefs are beautiful — and potentially dangerous

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Coral hobbyists grow impressive reefs in their basements. The chance of hospitalization is tiny.

Daily variation in net primary production and net calcification in coral reef communities exposed to elevated pCO2 (update)

The threat represented by ocean acidification (OA) for coral reefs has received considerable attention because of the sensitivity of calcifiers to changing seawater carbonate chemistry. However, most studies have focused on the organismic...Show More Summary

This "Floating Paradise" in Fiji Is a Fantasy Come to Life

Picture this: you're surrounded by shockingly blue water and coral reef, floating on a double-decker boat in the bright sunshine with a cold, cold drink in hand. It sounds like a fantasy, but if you head to Cloud 9 in Fiji, it is a very real and very beautiful reality. Show More Summary

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