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Researchers at the KAUST Red Sea Research Center have sequenced the genome of Zostera marina, the very first marine flowering plant ever to receive the treatment. Their findings shed light on how the species adapted from the deep to seas to shallow ponds and back again over hundreds of millions of years. Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

Video: After reviewing more than 52 hours of octopus footage, researchers at Alaska Pacific University and University of Sydney are challenging the prevailing notion that octopi use their color-changing abilities only to hide from predators. They describe a more nuanced interpretation of octopi using color-changing along with body gestures as methods of social communication. Watch some of that video here and read about their research on EurekAlert!.

The Marine Science Portal on EurekAlert! was created through grants from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and The Ambrose Monell Foundation.
 

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Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Protecting ocean species
A new study offers strategic guidance on the placement of marine protected areas to meet global conservation goals.

Contact: By James Badham
james@bren.ucsb.edu
805-893-5049
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
American Geophysical Union conference
Higher levels of Fukushima cesium detected offshore
Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of contaminated sites off the US West Coast, along with the highest detection level to date, from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San Francisco. The level of cesium in the sample is 50 percent higher than other samples collected, but is still more than 500 times lower than US government safety limits.
National Science Foundation, crowd funding

Contact: WHOI Media Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Study: 17K marine species unprotected
A new study says that more than 17,000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected, with the US among the bottom in supporting formal marine protected areas that could safeguard marine biodiversity.

Contact: Stephen Sautner
ssautner@wcs.org
718-220-3682
Wildlife Conservation Society

Public Release: 3-Dec-2015
Cell
Stanford killifish project explores the genetic foundation of longevity
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have mapped the genome of an unusually short-lived fish, paving the way for scientists to use the organism to study how genes influence longevity.
NIH/Pioneer Award and Pathway to Independence Award, Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging, Dean's Fellowship/Stanford, and others

Contact: Krista Conger
kristac@stanford.edu
650-725-5371
Stanford University Medical Center

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Six University of South Florida professors elected AAAS Fellows
Six professors from the University of South Florida were recently elected as 2015 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). USF is ranked fourth worldwide for organizations with the most AAAS Fellows elected this year, tied with University of California, San Diego and University of Michigan. USF had the highest number of Fellows in Florida this year, and now has a total of 52 AAAS Fellows on its faculty.

Contact: Judy Lowry
jhlowry@usf.edu
813-974-3181
University of South Florida (USF Innovation)

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
States' fish consumption advisories are often not in line with federal recommendations
Fish consumption advisories are used to inform citizens about fish with potentially hazardous levels of toxins such as methyl mercury. When investigators examined five states that set their own recommendations regarding screening values for methyl mercury, the team found that the states issued fish consumption advisories for fewer than half of the water bodies that would have advisories if recommendations by the US Environmental Protection Agency were followed.

Contact: Dawn Peters
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com
781-388-8408
Wiley

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
This week from AGU: Mediterranean seismic risk, & 3 new research papers
The eastern Mediterranean is more seismically active than previously assumed, a new study finds. On a geological time scale, seismic activity around the island of Crete has generated large earthquakes in bursts, potentially increasing the future risk for earthquakes and tsunamis in the region, according to a study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters.

Contact: Lillian Steenblik Hwang
lhwang@agu.org
202-777-7318
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Paleoceanography
Dissecting paleoclimate change
Using a core sample from the Santa Barbara Basin, UCSB researchers decipher the history of paleoclimate change with surprising results.

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

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
PLOS ONE
Vessel speed biggest factor in noise affecting killer whales
The speed of vessels operating near endangered killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor -- more so than vessel size -- in how much noise from the boats reaches the whales, according to a new study published Dec. 2 in the online journal PLOS ONE.
NOAA, University of Washington

Contact: Michelle Ma
mcma@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 2-Dec-2015
Science
Now is the time to uncover the secrets of the Earth's microbiomes
A group of scientists from 50 institutions recently called for an ambitious research effort -- the Unified Microbiome Initiative -- to understand and harness microbiomes, or communities of microorganisms. Now, in a far-ranging roundtable discussion, three of the paper's co-authors explain why this is the time to launch a major national effort to study the planet's least understood ecosystems.

Contact: Jim Cohen
cohen@kavlifoundation.org
805-278-7495
The Kavli Foundation

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