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Using the spread of infectious diseases as a model, a University of Utah researcher has shone new light on how humans first settled the islands of the Pacific some 3,500 years ago. Read about what his discoveries on EurekAlert! here.


Video:Corals that have adapted to live in the hottest seas might now find themselves in danger due to global warming, according University of Southampton researchers. Learn more from Professor Jörg Wiedenmann in this video and on EurekAlert!.
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Public Release: 4-May-2015
Current Biology
Gigantic whales have stretchy 'bungee cord' nerves
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered a unique nerve structure in the mouth and tongue of rorqual whales that can double in length and then recoil like a bungee cord. The stretchy nerves explain how the massive whales are able to balloon an immense pocket between their body wall and overlying blubber to capture prey during feeding dives.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Contact: Chris Balma
balma@science.ubc.ca
604-822-5082
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 4-May-2015
Current Biology
These gigantic whales have nerves like bungee cords
Nerves aren't known for being stretchy. In fact, 'nerve stretch injury' is a common form of trauma in humans. But researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 4 have discovered that nerves in the mouths and tongues of rorqual whales can more than double their length with no trouble at all.

Contact: Joseph Caputo
jcaputo@cell.com
617-335-6270
Cell Press

Public Release: 1-May-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Ocean fronts improve climate and fishery production, study finds
A recent study by the University of Georgia found that ocean fronts -- separate regions of warm and cool water as well as salt and fresh water -- act to increase production in the ocean. Brock Woodson's research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed how fronts can be incorporated into current climate and fisheries models to account for small-scale interactions in fishery production and cycling of elements such as carbon and nitrogen in the ocean.

Contact: Brock Woodson
bwoodson@uga.edu
706-542-9574
University of Georgia

Public Release: 1-May-2015
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Lousy sockeye are lousy competitors
With major funding from several groups, including NSERC, an SFU doctoral student has made a key discovery regarding Fraser River sockeye's vulnerability to sea lice. Their recently published research indicates that juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon that are highly infected with sea lice are 20 percent less successful at consuming food than their lightly infected counterparts. The study appears online in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Contact: Carol Thorbes
cthorbes@sfu.ca
778-782-3035
Simon Fraser University

Public Release: 1-May-2015
NASA satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Quang making landfall in Western Australia
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Quang as it was making landfall near Learmonth, Western Australia on May 1.
NASA

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

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
Marine Technology Society Journal
Listening for whales and fish in the Northwest Atlantic ocean
Scientists are using a variety of buoys and autonomous underwater vehicles to record and archive sounds from marine mammals and fish species in the western North Atlantic through a new listening network known as the US Northeast Passive Acoustic Sensing Network (NEPAN). Researchers hope NEPAN will be the first link in an extensive listening network that would extend along the entire US East Coast, and eventually to waters around the US.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of Defense's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program, US Navy's Living Marine Resources Program, Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division and others

Contact: Shelley Dawicki
shelley.dawicki@noaa.gov
508-495-2378
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
Conservation Biology
NASA contributes to first global review of Arctic marine mammals
A recently published multinational study attempted to gauge the population trends of Arctic marine mammals and changes in their habitat, identify missing scientific information, and provide recommendations for the conservation of Arctic marine mammals over the next decades.
Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Danish Ministry of the Environment, NASA

Contact: Maria-Jose Vinas
maria-jose.vinasgarcia@nasa.gov
301-614-5883
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Quang develop an eye
Tropical Cyclone Quang strengthened during the early morning hours of April 30, Eastern Daylight Time/US, and developed an eye. The stronger Quang neared the coast of Western Australia and triggered warnings.
NASA

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

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
Science
Fossils inform marine conservation
Fossils help predict which animals are likely to go extinct. Scientists combine information from the fossil record with information about hotspots of human impact to pinpoint animal groups and geographic areas of highest concern for marine conservation.
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, National Science Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Panama's National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation, Australian Research Council and others

Contact: Beth King
kingb@si.edu
202-633-4700 x28216
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Public Release: 30-Apr-2015
Science
Tropical marine ecosystems most at threat from human impact
An international team of scientists has used the fossil record during the past 23 million years to predict which marine animals and ecosystems are at greatest risk of extinction from human impact. In a paper published in the journal Science, the researchers found those animals and ecosystems most threatened are predominantly in the tropics.

Contact: Eleanor Gregory
eleanor.gregory@jcu.edu.au
61-042-878-5895
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

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