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Cuttlefish Show Specialization in Brain Processing Similar to Vertebrates

Cuttlefish Show Specialization in Brain Processing Similar to Vertebrates

Cuttlefish, like humans, appear to process different types of ecological information through different parts of the brain, according to a new study by Alexandra Schnell of the University of Caen and colleagues, including Roger Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory. “The brain has evolved so that the two sides of the brain are

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The Microbiome Center: A Home for Interdisciplinary Microbial Knowledge

The Microbiome Center is an intellectual home for scientists and physicians from University of Chicago, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Argonne National Laboratory who are studying microbes in a wide range of environments, from the human gut to beneath the ocean floor. Understanding microbial activity affects endeavors from medicine and surgery to climate change science. The

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MBL Scientists Receive Grant to Explore Survival Tactics of Desert Algae

MBL Scientists Receive Grant to Explore Survival Tactics of Desert Algae

By Diana Kenney Staying alive in the desert is no simple matter for green algae whose evolutionary ancestors lived in the ocean. How can some algal species survive extreme drought, while others desiccate and die? Two MBL scientists are finding out, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI). This month,

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When is a Spider not a Spider? | @mblwoodshole

Anoplodactylus sp., sea spiders (class Pycnogonida) caught in Vineyard Sound. Pycnogonids are marine arthropods, not actual spiders, and are found from the Caribbean to the Polar seas. A video posted by Marine Biological Laboratory (@mblwoodshole) on Sep 9, 2016 at 5:45pm PDT

Decrypting Cuttlefish Confrontation

Decrypting Cuttlefish Confrontation

By Raleigh McElvery Animal communication is more nuanced than one might think. During confrontation between members of the same species, some animals communicate different levels of aggressive intent through distinct behavioral displays, as outlined by a theory known as the “hierarchical signaling hypothesis.” This theory states that low-risk displays of aggression predict the performance of

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