Category: MBL in the News

20,000 Discoveries Under the Sea |CSMonitor.com

20,000 Discoveries Under the Sea |CSMonitor.com

In the Christian Science Monitor, Douglas Struck reports on the scientists, including MBL’s Julie Huber, who are unraveling mysteries of the deep ocean and in the process “finding new sources for food, drugs, and energy.” Read more …   Source: 20,000 discoveries under the sea – CSMonitor.com Caption: A Pelagia noctiluca, a type of jellyfish

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Scientists Just Doubled the Number of Known Contagious Cancers | The Washington Post

Scientists Just Doubled the Number of Known Contagious Cancers | The Washington Post

By Sarah Kaplan All along the western Canadian coast, mussels are dying. Their blobby bodies are swollen by tumors. The blood-like fluid that fills their interiors is clogged with malignant cells. They’re all sick with the same thing: cancer. And it seems to be spreading. For all its harrowing, terrifying damage, the saving grace of cancer has

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The Secret History of Bioluminescence | Hakai Magazine

The Secret History of Bioluminescence | Hakai Magazine

By Ferris Jabr In the late 1990s, marine biologist Steven Haddock paid a visit to fellow scientist Osamu Shimomura at his laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The two researchers shared an obsession with bioluminescence: light produced by chemical reactions in the bodies of living things—most famously the firefly, but also in fungi and a multitude

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Your Mouth is Full of Bacteria Blooming. And it’s Beautiful | STAT News

Your Mouth is Full of Bacteria Blooming. And it's Beautiful |  STAT News

Spectacular images of microbial community structures in the human mouth by MBL’s Jessica Mark Welch are featured in this video produced by STAT News. Mark Welch collaborates with Gary Borisy of the Forsyth Institute to develop innovative ways to visualize microbial populations. See video and article here … .content-header SMBMBImages fo I Source: Your mouth

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Modern Research Might Redeem a Century-Old Theory: Our Arms and Legs Started as Gills | The Washington Post

Modern Research Might Redeem a Century-Old Theory: Our Arms and Legs Started as Gills | The Washington Post

By Sarah Kaplan In the 1870s, a German anatomist named Karl Gegenbaur had an idea. The gill arches of certain fish (gill arches are bony structures that support — you got it — the gills) had appendages that seemed to branch out like fingers. Perhaps, Gegenbaur theorized, these arches were the evolutionary precursor to fish fins and land-dwellers’ limbs. It

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Inky the Octopus Enthralls the World With His Escape | NPR-WBUR

Inky the Octopus Enthralls the World With His Escape | NPR-WBUR

The clever escape of Inky the octopus from a tank at the New Zealand National Aquarium had the world wondering about the intelligence of this 8-tentacled creature. MBL scientist Roger Hanlon, an expert on octopuses and other celphalopods, weighed in Inky’s disappearing act on NPR-WBUR.   Source: WBUR’s Here and Now program, April 14, 2016