By Andrea F. Carter A lesser-known coral found in Cape Cod’s cold waters could offer clues on how the organism can cope with environmental stresses that lead to bleaching. The Cape’s local coral, Astrangia poculata, is a non-reef-building coral that can thrive in very warm waters or cold New England winter waters. Its range spans
This Nature/PBS video features Nipam Patel’s research on the nanoscale wing structures that give the morpho butterfly its brilliant blue. Patel, of University of California, Berkeley, is a faculty member in and former co-director of the MBL Embryology Course.
A paradigm-shifting observation in the MBL Physiology course about how cells organize is described in a Nature feature this week. The discovery was made in 2008 by Physiology course faculty Anthony Hyman, teaching assistant Clifford Brangwynne, and other course participants including University of Chicago student David Courson. By Eli Dolgin When David Courson and Lindsay
Watch NBC meteorologist Michael Page interview MBL’s Loretta Roberson about the local corals she studies. By Michael Page Diving into the waters off Woods Hole, Massachusetts reveals a surprise for some – coral. “We got them right here, right in front of the MBL,” associate researcher Loretta Roberson says inside the Marine Biological Laboratory, showing
By Veronique Greenwood Consider the cocktail umbrella. Like their larger counterparts, these wee things can be furled and unfurled easily. Once you tire of playing with them, you can lock them into the open position with a little latch before continuing to enjoy your drink. Now imagine you have hundreds of cocktail umbrellas under your
Inspiration from MBL Interim Co-Director Neil Shubin’s landmark book on vertebrate evolution, Your Inner Fish, plus skate embryos provided to scientist Jeremy Dasen by the MBL Marine Resources Center, have led to an intriguing discovery about the neurological origins of walking — in the ocean. (See also the article this week in Science magazine.) By
Bret Grasse, MBL’s manager of cephalopod operations, is on “team octopus” in this podcast for children by Minnesota Public Radio’s “Brains On!” show. A podcast of the show is available for free download here. By Molly Bloom Two of our planet’s most amazing animals go head to head in our latest debate. We’re asking you
Reporting for this story was made possible by an MBL Logan Science Journalism Program “Chicago Fellowship” to Kathiann Kowalski. By Kathiann Kowalski CHICAGO, Ill. — Science detectives are following new clues in their quest to stop a killer — malaria. The disease claimed the lives of roughly 429,000 people in 2015 alone, according to the
A recent episode of CNN’s “Unseen World” has a wonderful interview with cell biologist Clare Waterman, who, as host Max Foster says, “gazes through the microscope at a bizarre and wonderful unseen world.” Waterman offers commentary on a vivid gallery: A human T-cell killing a cancer cell; microbial “rush hour” in a single drop of
BMC Biology has selected “non-model model organisms – whose unique biology can help understanding diverse processes” as one of the journal’s top stories in 2017. Several MBL-affiliated scientists, including Wallace Marshall (co-director, Physiology course) and Julie Theriot (faculty, Physical Biology of the Cell course) provided BMC with a review of selected promising novel model systems.