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Reef corals have endured since ‘age of dinosaurs’

At least some of them may survive global warming The relationship between corals and the micro-algae that enable them to build reefs is considerably older...
Ancient sea sediments speak No ‘Big Bang’ for burrowers

Ancient sea sediments speak: No ‘Big Bang’ for burrowers

On an ancient seafloor, burrowing animals appeared and churned up sediment as a sort of opening act for the Cambrian explosion, the rapid emergence...

Seagrass could help fight ocean acidification

Seagrass meadows could play a limited, localized role in alleviating ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems, according to new work led by Carnegie’s David Koweekand...
tardigrade, swimming water bear, 3d illustration

These gummy bear-looking things will inherit the earth

What can we learn from tardigrades, aka ‘water bears,’ these ultimate survivors? And what might they help us figure out regarding human health and disease? Tardigrades,...
The world’s marine wilderness is dwindling

The world’s marine wilderness is dwindling

The ocean, long a source of inspiration for exploration and discovery as well as a place to test the limits of humans, is no...
A cooler ocean predator than sharks Consider the mantis shrimps

A cooler ocean predator than sharks? Consider the mantis shrimps

When you think about fearsome predators in the ocean, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably a shark. Sure, sharks are OK,...
octopus, low-oxygen life

Shy octopus hides inside its own tentacles

The low-oxygen life There’s a lot to love about the Santa Barbara Channel. On the mainland side beautiful beaches abound, while the Channel Islands provide unique...
Ocean acidification to hit levels not seen in 14 million years

Ocean acidification to hit levels not seen in 14 million years

The world’s oceans are likely to become more acidic than at any time in the past 14 million years, scientists have found. New research led...
Great Barrier Reef reveals rapid changes of ancient glaciers

Great Barrier Reef reveals rapid changes of ancient glaciers

Graphs of sea levels about the time of the poorly understood Last Glacial Maximum indicated ice sheets were stable before slowly starting to melt,...
Acidic oceans cause fish to lose their sense of smell

Acidic oceans cause fish to lose their sense of smell

When carbon dioxide is absorbed by seawater carbonic acid is formed, making the water more acidic. Since the Industrial Revolution, oceanic CO2 has risen by...