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Around 2005, southern right whale calves off the coast of Argentina began dieing off at an unprecented rate (from 6 per year in 2005 to around 65 per year from 2005 to 2014). Scientists have never determined the cause until a recent Marine Mammal Science paper named a likely culprit: toxic algae blooms. Read about the new findings on EurekAlert!.

Video: Electric eels may be some of the most sophisticated marine predators in the animal kingdom, according to a recent Current Biology paper by Vanderbilt University researchers. Check out video of them in action here and read about their specialized hunting techniques on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 19-Nov-2015
NASA analyzes Tropical Storm In-fa's winds, rain
As Tropical Storm In-fa continued to affect Micronesia and the Marianas Islands, NASA's RapidScat instrument measured surface winds and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite measured areas of intense rainfall. In-fa became a typhoon early on Nov. 18 and weakened slightly to a tropical storm later in the day, maintaining tropical-storm force on Nov. 19.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 19-Nov-2015
Exploring global climate impact if Antarctica's ice sheets melt
As the world anticipates a global climate change meeting next month in Paris, there is compelling historical evidence that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is vulnerable to rapid retreat and collapse, says climate scientist Alan Condron at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, yet very few if any studies have explored what might happen to Earth's climate if Antarctica's ice sheets were to melt over the next few decades.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Janet Lathrop
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 19-Nov-2015
Fish skin provides invisibility in open ocean
Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery about how some fish seem to disappear from predators in the open waters of the ocean, a discovery that could help materials scientists and military technologists create more effective methods of ocean camouflage. The findings are published in this week in Science.
Office of Naval Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiatives, National Science Foundation, University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences

Contact: Christine Sinatra
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
Current Biology
Marine animals use new form of secret light communication
Researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland have uncovered a new form of secret light communication used by marine animals. The findings may have applications in satellite remote sensing, biomedical imaging, cancer detection, and computer data storage.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Asian Office of Aerospace Research and Development, Australian Research Council

Contact: Bernadette Condren
University of Queensland

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
Twenty-first depression forms in eastern Pacific Ocean
NOAA's GOES-West satellite provided images of the birth of the latest tropical depression in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Depression 21E formed well southwest of the Coast of Mexico.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
Biological Invasions
Research using CO2 keeps even small fry invasive carp at bay
University of Illinois researcher Cory Suski has already shown that bubbling high concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) into water is a deterrent to invasive Asian carp adults. The gas makes them feel 'woozy' and they choose to swim away. His recent research shows that fish the size of an eyelash also experience negative consequences following CO2 exposure.

Contact: Debra Levey Larson
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
NASA sees In-fa become a Typhoon near Micronesia
Tropical Storm 27W intensified into a typhoon near Micronesia in the western North Pacific Ocean as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead providing visible and infrared data to forecasters.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
This week from AGU: Magma ocean, Underwater waves, & 5 new research papers
This week from AGU: Magma ocean, Underwater waves, & 5 new research papers.

Contact: Lillian Steenblik Hwang
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Tel Aviv Univ discovery may redefine classifications in the animal kingdom
Tel Aviv University researchers have found that a close cousin of the jellyfish has evolved over time into a microscopic parasite. The finding represents the first case of extreme evolutionary degeneration of an animal body.

Contact: George Hunka
American Friends of Tel Aviv University

Public Release: 18-Nov-2015
Environmental Science & Technology Letters
3-D printed parts from some commercial devices toxic to zebrafish embryos
The recent boom in 3-D printing has driven innovations in fields as disparate as haute couture and medical implants. But little is known about the safety of the materials used. In a new study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, scientists showed that some 3-D printed parts are highly toxic to zebrafish embryos. Their findings could have implications not only for aquatic life but also for hobbyists, manufacturers and patients.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society

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