Category Archives: In the News
This article in Science examines the molecular evolution of myoglobin and in particular changes that result in differences in the net surface charge of the protein. Increases in net surface charge allow for increased oxygen storage while protecting protein stability. … Continue reading
This article from the New York Times summarizes a study reporting at least 400,000 seabirds are snared and drowned by gillneting activities. The original article appeared in Biological Conservation. Study Finds Large Seabird Toll From Fishing Nets – NYTimes.com.
This is an article describing an amazing collection of glass invertebrates and how biology can inspire art, which can inspire biology. Blaschka Glass Menagerie Inspires Marine Expedition – NYTimes.com.
This was published in 2005 but only recently came to my attention. The narwhal’s tusk is a sensor that can detect changes in water temperature, pressure, and chemical gradients. Harvard Gazette: Marine biology mystery solved.
Quest to build a heart gets lift from jellyfish – Boston.com. This is a great article describing how researchers at Harvard and Cal Tech, inspired by the movements of jellyfish, created a “pseudo-organism” using rat heart cells seeded onto an … Continue reading
Rescuers free humpback whale off the coast of Chatham – Metro Desk – Local news updates from The Boston Globe
Fishing lines and nets can create hazards for marine mammals. This story describes the disentanglement of seven year old humpback whale of the coast of Chatham, MA. The story has a happy ending – the whale suffered only minor injuries … Continue reading
Organisms ride debris to the US – Boston.com. As a result of last year’s tsunami, a portion of a large, floating dock made its way from Japan to Newport Oregon carrying with it, a diverse marine fouling community. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading
Changes imperil Gulf of Maine’s food chain – The Boston Globe. Researchers from Bigelow Labs and USGS documented a five-fold decrease in phytoplankton growth, which may be linked to record levels of rainfall. Increased rainfall contributes to increased sedimentation in … Continue reading
The New England Aquarium announced 39 right whale calves were born in this year setting a new record and a great improvement over 2000, when only one calf was reported. Right whales give birth off of Georgia and Florida and … Continue reading