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Are fish far more intelligent than we realize?

Are fish far more intelligent than we realize? | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
They don't have a three-second memory. And one researcher thinks we've been dramatically underestimating their intelligence all along.
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Culum Brown's research into fish behaviour is deeply revealing both for the insights into aquatic life and into human prejudice regarding other species capabilities.  Good article on vox.com regarding fish sentience, perception and behavioural evolution - worth reading.

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Faculty Summit 2012 - Microsoft Research

Faculty Summit 2012 - Microsoft Research | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Microsoft Research will present its Faculty Summit accessible by the public. On July 16 and 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) (noon to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). The summit gives an opportunity to hear leading academic researchers and educators, as well as Microsoft researchers, product group engineers, and architects explore new opportunities in computer science research and advances that address real-world challenges. Should be at least and hopefully awesome.  Click on the image or title to learn more.

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Mapping Global Water Stress - The Atlantic Cities

Mapping Global Water Stress - The Atlantic Cities | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
The Atlantic CitiesMapping Global Water StressThe Atlantic CitiesA new mapping tool from the World Resources Institute visualizes how those risk factors can combine to create large problems, or how conditions can be improved to reduce the potential...

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Gigantic Ocean Vortices Seen From Space Could Change Climate Models | Science | WIRED

Gigantic Ocean Vortices Seen From Space Could Change Climate Models | Science | WIRED | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Enormous vortices of water, measuring 60 miles across, spin their way across the sea at a deliberate pace---3 miles per day.
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The role of the oceans is often misrepresented in climate discussions. The discovery of large scale migrating eddies and their potential impact on transportation of nutriends, dissolved carbon dioxide and heat may change our understanding of ocean health and weather. Awesome science article on Wired Science explaining how the phenomenon was discovered and some of the questions it raises - worth reading.

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Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom | Science Wire | EarthSky

Scientists discover new trigger for immense North Atlantic plankton bloom | Science Wire | EarthSky | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

Whirlpools, or eddies, swirl across the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean sustaining phytoplankton in the ocean’s shallower waters where they can get plenty of sunlight to fuel their growth, keeping them from being pushed downward by the ocean’s rough surface.The result is a burst of spring and summer color atop the ocean’s waters. How important is the bloom to the North Atlantic Ocean and beyond–to the global carbon cycle?

Springtime blooms of microscopic plants in the ocean contributes to the oceanic uptake of carbon dioxide, amounting globally to about one-third of the carbon dioxide humans put into the air each year through the burning of fossil fuels. Click on the image or the title to learn more.

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