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World-first whale heritage site possibility for Marlborough

World-first whale heritage site possibility for Marlborough | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Marlborough might be among the first places in the world to be made a whale heritage site.
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Upper-Ocean Warming Is Changing the Global Wave Climate, Making Waves Stronger

Upper-Ocean Warming Is Changing the Global Wave Climate, Making Waves Stronger | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Sea level rise puts coastal areas at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, but new research shows they face other climate-related threats as well. In a study published January 14 in&…
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Male hermit crabs evolved larger sex organs to avoid losing homes

A study suggests hermit crabs with more valuable, easily stolen shells have evolved larger penises to more safely mate.
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Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites

Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans and their pets.
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Photos: Drilling into Antarctic Subglacial Lake Mercer

Photos: Drilling into Antarctic Subglacial Lake Mercer | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Scientists drilled through some 3,500 feet of ice to study this hidden Antarctic lake. They found it is teeming with life.
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Sea slug study illuminates how mitochondria move: Massive energy needed for nerve cells to keep 'talking'

Sea slug study illuminates how mitochondria move: Massive energy needed for nerve cells to keep 'talking' | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Defects in the transport of cells' energy organelles are a suspected cause of diseases including Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's and Parkinson's. A new study reveals the genetics behind mitochondrial shifts.
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Why do Hydra end up with just a single head?

Why do Hydra end up with just a single head? | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Hydra is able to regenerate any part of its body to rebuild an entire individual. The head organizer performs two opposite activities, one activating, which causes the head to differentiate, and the other inhibiting, which prevents the formation of supernumerary heads. Researchers have discovered the identity of the inhibitor, called Sp5, and deciphered the dialogue between these two antagonistic activities, which helps maintain a single-headed adult body and organize an appropriate regenerative response.
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Scientists discover natural fitness watch in fishes that records their activity levels

Scientists discover natural fitness watch in fishes that records their activity levels | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Scientists have shown for the first time that the energetic cost of living (the metabolic rate) of fish can be measured in structures that grow in their ears. This new tool can be used to show how fish are influenced by and adapt to changes in their environment, including climate change.
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Mangrove patches deserve greater recognition no matter the size: Scientists call on governments to move away from short-term politically driven plans destroying mangrove habitats

Mangrove patches deserve greater recognition no matter the size: Scientists call on governments to move away from short-term politically driven plans destroying mangrove habitats | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, experts say.
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UPDATE: Was there really an earthquake off Virginia Beach?

UPDATE: Was there really an earthquake off Virginia Beach? | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Tuesday’s magnitude 4.6 earthquake off the Virginia coast may not have been a true temblor at all. There are no fault lines or tectonic plates near the quake’s epicenter, recorded at 6:30 p.m. 162 …
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What does marine heatwave mean for future of New Zealand's fish? | Stuff.co.nz

What does marine heatwave mean for future of New Zealand's fish? | Stuff.co.nz | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Subtropical fish species may turn up around New Zealand as marine heatwave is confirmed.
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Great white sharks could be hurt by direct human contact

Great white sharks could be hurt by direct human contact | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
The photos have gone viral. A woman gliding along next to a massive man-eater. A great white shark. But a shark expert said too much direct human contact could harm the shark.
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Mason Ho Playfully Charges Big Waimea Bay

Mason Ho Playfully Charges Big Waimea Bay | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Mason Ho brings his whimsical and reckless abandon approach to big waves at Waimea Bay, which includes switching stances mid-wave and more.
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What IS at the bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole? Plastic bottles | Daily

What IS at the bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole? Plastic bottles | Daily | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Richard Branson has warned about the dangers of climate after he sighted plastic bottles during an expedition to the bottom of the Blue Hole in Belize
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See what happens when a polar bear finds a camera

For the photographer, it was “the worst moment in my photography career.”
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The upside of rising jellyfish numbers? Many animals eat them

The upside of rising jellyfish numbers? Many animals eat them | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
New research suggests a surprising variety of sea creatures feed on jellyfish, and that their growing populations may not be so bad.
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Q&A: Designing a better local tsunami warning system

Q&A: Designing a better local tsunami warning system | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
On a Friday afternoon in the spring of 2011, the Tōhoku-Oki earthquake shook northeastern Japan for six minutes and shifted the country's main island by 8 feet. Minutes later, residents began receiving tsunami warnings through broadcast media, mobile phones and sirens.
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Lionfish: The Beautiful and Dangerous Invaders

Lionfish: The Beautiful and Dangerous Invaders | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
The beautiful lionfish comes armed with long, venomous spines and is invading tropical waters the world over.
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Size matters: To livebearer fish, big fins are a big deal: Females love males with big dorsal fins, but the appendages first evolved for males to fight other males

Size matters: To livebearer fish, big fins are a big deal: Females love males with big dorsal fins, but the appendages first evolved for males to fight other males | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Biologists studied the evolution of 40 molly and Limia species, and concluded dorsal fin displays arose first for males to compete with other males, only later being used in courtship displays to females. These changes in fin function went hand in hand with enlargement of the male dorsal fin. The fins reached extreme sizes in a few species and appear to be associated with rapid evolution, especially in mollies.
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Mediterranean freshwater fish species susceptible to climate change

Mediterranean freshwater fish species susceptible to climate change | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Climate change will strongly affect many European freshwater fish species. This is particularly the case for species in the Mediterranean region.
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Green turtle: The success of the reintroduction program in Cayman Islands: At the limits of survival due human overexploitation

Green turtle: The success of the reintroduction program in Cayman Islands: At the limits of survival due human overexploitation | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
The reintroduction program for the green turtle in the Cayman Islands has been crucial in order to recover this species, which are threatened by the effects of human overexploitation, according to the first genetic study of the green turtle's reintroduction program in this area of the Atlantic ocean.
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Using bacteria to create a water filter that kills bacteria: New technology can clean water twice as fast as commercially available ultrafiltration membranes

Using bacteria to create a water filter that kills bacteria: New technology can clean water twice as fast as commercially available ultrafiltration membranes | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Engineers have created a bacteria-filtering membrane using graphene oxide and bacterial nanocellulose. It's highly efficient, long-lasting and environmentally friendly -- and could provide clean water for those in need.
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Car literally filled with water drives through bottle shop

Car literally filled with water drives through bottle shop | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
YouTube pranksters from Adelaide called RackaRacka are hitting internet heights after this one.
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Last Man Diving Takes Aim At Airline Mishaps With Your Baggage –

Last Man Diving Takes Aim At Airline Mishaps With Your Baggage – | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Stuart Cove discusses airline lost baggage in the latest episode of "Last Man Diving."
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Blue whale poo reveals health of Antarctic food chain - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Blue whale poo reveals health of Antarctic food chain - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
One could be forgiven for thinking the largest creatures that ever lived would leave faeces that is easy to collect, but you'd be wrong. Scientists chasing whales know that when a giant of the sea poos, the team have to move fast.
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Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon | Soggy Science | Scoop.it
Four biologists have identified a surprising potential culprit in the decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales: pink salmon.
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