This new MBL research was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on July 30. Listen to the segment here. By Nell Greenfieldboyce Scientists report this week that they have disabled a pigmentation gene in a squid called Doryteuthis pealeii. Their success shows that cephalopods—which include squid and octopuses–can finally be studied using the same kind
Research from the MBL laboratories of Nipam Patel and Carrie Albertin is featured in the July issue of µChicago, the university’s monthly science e-newsletter. Sign up here to subscribe. Nature is painted with pigments—molecules that produce color by absorbing certain wavelengths and reflecting others. Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green; melanin is a
David Berreby leads the annual “Writing About Science for the Public” workshop at MBL and Pakinam Amer is a 2019 alumna of the MBL’s Logan Science Journalism Program. By Pakinam Amer In the final episode of this six-part series about science communication, three experts describe how they learned to craft stories about research for newspaper,
MBL Whitman scientists spanning centuries — from E.B. Wilson in the 1890s to Clifford Brangwynne, Anthony Hyman, Michael Rosen, Amy Gladfelter and others today — are part of the discovery story of phase separation in cells and how it may relate to a host of diseases. By Carrie Arnold Clifford P. Brangwynne smashed the single-celled embryo
By Patricia Daukantas In the laboratory, some photosensitive corals exhibit their own version of the observer effect: Exposing them to enough light for researchers to view them at microscopic scales changes the rates at which they grow and interact with symbiotic organisms such as algae. Scientists, however, want the coral polyps in their aquariums to
Cliff Brangwynne and colleagues first observed and described phase transition in a cell in the MBL Physiology course. Brangwynne is currently a Whitman Scientist at MBL. By John Hamilton The same process that causes dew drops to form on a blade of grass appears to play an important role in Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.
By Eve Zuckoff Overdevelopment, climate change, and outdated wastewater infrastructure around Buzzards Bay have contributed to a decline in water quality, according to the Buzzards Bay Coalition. Since 1992, the coalition has relied on volunteers and scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory to collect water samples and measure the water’s temperature, salinity, nitrogen levels, and more.
By Emily Fishbein WOODS HOLE, MASS. — On Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, more than 9 out of 10 locals are white. The prestigious science community in the village of Woods Hole reflects a similar racial breakdown. On June 10, some 300 locals and scientists marched past the village’s six marine and coastal science laboratories, demanding racial equity
By Carrie Gentile The water quality in Little Pond is showing improvement since the surrounding homes were hooked to town sewer four years ago, and after a $40 million investment to taxpayers. The town has been monitoring the pond for the last three years to measure nitrogen levels. The average of the data collected at
By Doug Fraser EAST FALMOUTH — For 450 million years, horseshoe crabs have scuttled along the ocean floor, coming ashore to lay eggs. You need pretty strong defenses to survive mass extinctions and the oversized predators that evolved before man came on the scene. While its helmeted body certainly protected it, the horseshoe crab, living in