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Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are conducting an expedition to explore the uncharted waters in the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico – and the footage they’re bringing back is stunning, or horrifying, depending on your view of the underwater world.   Last week, one of NOAA’s submersibles came across a large octopus on the seafloor just
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Loggerhead sea turtles that nest on beaches with similar magnetic fields are genetically similar to one another, according to a new study. “Loggerhead sea turtles are fascinating creatures that begin their lives by migrating alone across the Atlantic Ocean and back,” says Kenneth Lohmann, professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
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In the ocean videos we’ve become accustomed to, the sounds of the sea are fairly simple: the whoosh of bubbles as a shark darts after a seal, the splash of a breaching dolphin, the British accent of a BBC narrator.   But for Kate Stafford and other oceanographers who have spent their careers eavesdropping on the sounds of marine animals, ocean noise is as
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Researchers have uncovered exactly where a key protein forms before it triggers the flowering process in plants. Until now, no one has pinpointed which cells produce the small protein, called Flowering Locus T (FT).   The study also points to an extensive intercellular signaling system that regulates FT production. “Understanding where FT is located and
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A species of salamander that hasn’t been seen since 1975 has been rediscovered alive and kicking in Guatemala. The biologists who have spent years searching for it are understandably delighted, and it’s also potentially good news for the ecology of the region.   The juvenile Jackson’s climbing salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni), also known as the “golden
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An ancient sea dragon buried for 150 million years has been discovered by Indian researchers, and it’s thought to be the first time an ichthyosaur (Greek for “fish lizard”) from the Jurassic period has ever been found in India. Ichthyosaurs were ocean-dwelling predators that lived alongside dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era from around 250 million
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Scientists have spent the past 30 years carefully tracking evolution across more than 68,000 generations of E. coli bacteria – the equivalent of more than 1 million years of human evolution. The latest results suggest we might have been wrong about one of the fundamental aspects of how species evolve. Traditionally, researchers predicted that the