By Ashley Yeager The sea, Rachel Carson once wrote, is the “great mother of life.” Most know Carson for Silent Spring, an environmental manifesto that accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation on pesticides. The book, published in 1962, contributed to the initiation of a federal ban on the use of the synthetic organic compound
By Eryn Brown If you’ve ever brushed your teeth or swished some mouthwash, they’ve been in your sight: the hundreds of billions of microorganisms — mostly bacteria — that live in the average human mouth. Dangling from the hard palate, burrowed in the nooks and crannies of the tongue and intertwined in the plaque on teeth are
By Jane Marks
The Marine Biological Laboratory and Art Lab welcomed renowned artist Jan Dilenschneider with a panel discussion on Oct. 16 to kick off the exhibition “Nature, Divine: Preserving Ecology Through Color,” a collection of oil paintings that focuses on our environment and what we need to do to protect it.
By Erik Olsen Roger Hanlon is one of the world’s foremost experts on one of the planet’s most amazing creatures: the octopus. For decades, he has undertaken expeditions around the globe to study these intelligent creatures. Now, Hanlon and engineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak are on the homestretch of an eight-year odyssey to find out
Vanessa Ruta of Rockefeller University, who kick-started her neuroscience career as a student in the MBL Neurobiology course in 2000, is one of 26 MacArthur Fellows recently announced by The MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000 award given to talented individuals with no strings attached. Ruta investigates how stimuli shape the function of neural
By Sung Bin Park
As coordinator of the MBL’s Semester in Environmental Sciences (SES) program, I don’t get many chances to get out of the office, so I jumped at the opportunity to get out into the field with the SES students for some real science.
By Jane Marks
Using the startlet sea anenome and the Mexican salamander, Whitman Scientist Uri Gat collaborates with MBL’s Karen Echeverri to illuminate the regenerative process.
react-empty: 219 react-text: 223 By Miriam Wasser The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report Wednesday detailing how climate change is affecting oceans and the frozen world. It’s the final of three special reports, and, like the previous two, it has implications for New England. If you’re picturing a polar bear standing on a
By Jane Marks First-year undergraduates from the University of Chicago kicked off a four-day Career Exploration visit to the MBL last week with a panel discussion about many of the opportunities in Woods Hole. The panelists described the missions of the MBL, Sea Education Association, and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center as well as their
Jocelyn Malamy and Elizabeth Lee of University of Chicago have been working with MBL’s Michael Shribak to apply a new technique for imaging jellyfish and other transparent marine and fresh water animals. In the video below, the iridescent colors depict the birefringent layers in squid skin. This video was captured with the polychromatic polarization microscope, which was invented at