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Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
Science
Seahorse tails could inspire new generation of robots
Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse's tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science. The research centers on the curious shape of seahorse tails and was led by Clemson University's Michael M. Porter, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

Contact: Michael Porter
mmporte@clemson.edu
864-656-1307
Clemson University

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
NASA looks at Tropical Depression 10W's most powerful storms
Infrared date from NASA's Aqua satellite spotted the strongest storms within newborn Tropical Depression 10W over the Philippine Sea today, July 2.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
NASA sees 2 tropical cyclones on either side of the equator
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over two tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean on different sides of the equator today, July 2.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
Deep Sea Research II
The very hungry sea anemone
The surprising culinary preferences of an abyssal sea anemone have been unveiled by a team of scientists from the National Oceanography Centre. New time-lapse photography of the abyssal sea floor shows that this type of anemone can eat animals up to six times its weight and moves around the ocean floor by burrowing. The lead author of this study, Jennifer Durden, a Ph.D. student at the NOC, explained that these heavy meals can take the anemone up to 80 hours to digest.
Natural Environmental Research Council

Contact: Holly Peacock
holly.peacock@noc.ac.uk
0238-059-6388
National Oceanography Centre, UK

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
ZooKeys
Hard soft coral: New genus and species of 'living fossil' octocoral related to blue coral
A new species and genus of octocoral (Cnidaria Anthozoa) was described from Zamami Island Okinawa Japan, Nanipora kamurai. Molecular phylogenetic analyses showed that the species is closely related to genus Heliopora, and can be considered a 'living fossil.' The study was published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

Contact: Dr. James D. Reimer
jreimer@sci.u-ryukyu.ac.jp
81-988-958-542
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Southampton researchers go with the flow to help protect endangered European eel
New research led by the University of Southampton is paving the way to protect the endangered European eel as they migrate through rivers to the ocean.

Contact: Glenn Harris
G.Harris@soton.ac.uk
44-023-805-93212
University of Southampton

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
Science
Fish will have to find new habitats or perish if global warming is left unchecked
Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters and many more species will soon be affected if climate goals are not met, say scientists.

Contact: Heather Amos
heather.amos@ubc.ca
604-822-3213
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
Science
Why the seahorse's tail is square
Why is the seahorse's tail square? An international team of researchers has found the answer and it could lead to building better robots and medical devices. In a nutshell, a tail made of square, overlapping segments makes for better armor than a cylindrical tail. It's also better at gripping and grasping. Researchers describe their findings in the July 3 issue of Science.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, Belgian Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology, Oregon State University, Clemson University

Contact: Ioana Patringenaru
ipatrin@eng.ucsd.edu
858-822-0899
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 2-Jul-2015
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting 2015
Will climate change put mussels off the menu?
Fans of moules marinière may soon find themselves out of luck according to research which suggests that global warming may threaten shellfish industries.
Swedish Research Council, Swedish International Development Cooperation, Gothenburg Centre for Marine Research, University of Gothenburg, College of Fisheries Mangalore, Nitte University

Contact: Caroline Wood
cwood4@sheffield.ac.uk
Society for Experimental Biology

Public Release: 1-Jul-2015
Journal of Biological Chemistry
Unraveling iridescence
Perhaps not the brightest of cephalopods, the California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) has amazing light-manipulating abilities.

Contact: Julie Cohen
julie.cohen@ucsb.edu
805-893-7220
University of California - Santa Barbara

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