Giant Clam

Clams Recycle Urea for Algae

Clams recycle urea for algae, according to reports in Inside JEB 19 April 2018, and Journal of Experimental Biology 14 March 2018, doi: 10.1242/jeb.176313. Giant clams live in close symbiotic relationship with marine algae known as zooxanthellae, which produce nutrients for the clam by photosynthesis.  The algae can make sugars from carbon dioxide and water, […]

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Opalescence

How Opalescent Algae Glow

How opalescent algae glow, as reported in Science (AAAS) News 13 April 2018 ScienceDaily 17 April 2018 and Live Science 20 April 2018 and Science Advances 11 April 2018 doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aan8917. Scientists at University of Bristol have studied the microscopic structure of a seaweed named Cystoseira tamariscifolia, which grows and glows in the tidal regions […]

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Bird's Nest Eggs

Nanotechnology Cracks Eggshell Problem

Nanotechnology cracks eggshell problem, according to ScienceDaily 30 March 2018, ABC News 31 March 2018 and Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aar3219, 30 March 2018. Biologists and engineers have studied the microscopic structure of chicken eggshells to work out how such shells are strong enough to avoid being broken while an embryonic bird develops inside, but yet […]

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Scallops Have Telescope Mirror Eyes

Scallops have telescope mirror eyes, according to reports in Science (AAAS) News and Live Science 30 November 2017, and Science doi: 10.1126/science.aam9506, 1 December 2017. Scallops are bivalve shellfish that have many tiny round eyes. The eyes have an unusual structure – they have two retinae (light sensitive layers) and a mirror that focuses the […]

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Fluorescent Coral

Corals Light Up

Corals light up as fluoro symbiosis found, according to Nature News 5 July 2017, Nature Middle East 20 July 2017 and Proceedings of the royal Society B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0320, published online 5 July 2017. Coral reefs have long been known as a classic example of symbiosis, consisting of a combination of coral polyps and algae. […]

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Super-Computer Tracks Protein Builders

Super-computer tracks protein builders, according to a report in ScienceNOW 27 October 2005. Proteins are made of small molecules called amino acids which need to be strung together in the correct order for the protein to function. The process of assembling proteins is carried out by a complex piece of cellular machinery called a ribosome. […]

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Super Molecular Blue

Super molecular blue found, as reported in Nature vol 436, p791, 11 August 2005. For many years scientists have known that the same pigment, anthocyanin is found in roses and also in cornflowers, but as the old saying (almost) goes, roses are red and cornflowers are blue. A group of Japanese scientists have worked out […]

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Sue Al Gore, says Weather Channel Founder

USA Weather Channel Founder says Al Gore should be sued, according to a report in Business and Media Institute, 5 March 2008. On March 3 2008 John Coleman told the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change in New York, he is highly critical of global warming alarmism, and that his recommended strategy for exposing “the […]

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Stress Protein Evolved Early

Stress protein evolved early according to a report in Science News 21 May 2005. The “fight or flight” response to stress in vertebrates (including humans) involves a hormone named corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and a protein named CRH binding protein. Mark Huising of Wageningen University and Gert Flick of Radboud University in the Netherlands, have found […]

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Stone Age Pyrotechnology

Stone age pyrotechnology described in ScienceNOW 13 August 2009, and Science Daily and ABC News in Science, 14 August 2009. Archaeologists collecting stone tools at a site called Pinnacle Point in South Africa have long been puzzled by stone tools made of a fine grained rock named silcrete. The tools showed evidence of much working […]

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