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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: 21-Jan-2016
NASA sees cloud top temperatures warming in Cyclone Victor
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that cloud top temperatures are warming in Tropical Cyclone Victor. Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC noted that Victor is on a weakening trend, however, warnings were in effect in Tonga on Jan. 21.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 21-Jan-2016
NASA measures rainfall in newborn Tropical Cyclone Corentin
Tropical Cyclone Corentin developed in the Southern Indian Ocean as NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM mission core satellite flew overhead and analyzed the storm's rainfall and clouds.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 21-Jan-2016
Ecology and Evolution
UI biologists find sexuality, not extra chromosomes, benefits animal
Why do animals engage in sexual reproduction? UI biologists sought answers with mud snails that breed both sexually and asexually. They found that asexual snails grow faster and reach reproductive age quicker than sexual snails, which raises new questions about sex's role in reproduction. Results published this month in the journal Ecology and Evolution.
US National Science Foundation, Research Council of Norway, Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates

Contact: Richard Lewis
University of Iowa

Public Release: 21-Jan-2016
Tagging project confirms Sea of the Hebrides importance to basking sharks
A pioneering three-year project to learn some of the secrets of Scotland's basking sharks by using satellite tag technology has shown an area off the west coast to be truly important for these giant fish.

Contact: Duncan Sandes
University of Exeter

Public Release: 21-Jan-2016
Study reveals climate change impacts on Buzzards Bay
An analysis of long-term, water quality monitoring data reveals that climate change is already having an impact on ecosystems in the coastal waters of Buzzards Bay, Mass. The impacts relate to how nitrogen pollution affects coastal ecosystems.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Contact: WHOI Media Office
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
NASA measures winds in Tropical Cyclone Victor
NASA's RapidScat instrument found the strongest winds in Tropical Cyclone Victor were occurring south of its center on Jan. 20, 2016. Imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite revealed that Victor still maintained hurricane-strength and an eye.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Environmental Science and Technology
How ocean acidification and warming could affect the culturing of pearls
Pearls have adorned the necklines of women throughout history, but some evidence suggests that the gems' future could be uncertain. Increasingly acidic seawater causes oyster shells to weaken, which doesn't bode well for the pearls forming within. But, as scientists report in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, the mollusks might be more resilient to changing conditions than previously thought.

Contact: Michael Bernstein
American Chemical Society

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Journal of Applied Ecology
Researchers measure fish abundance in lakes using a few water samples
Researchers from Universite Laval and Quebec's Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks have shown that the DNA suspended in lake water can be used to effectively estimate the abundance of fish living in it. The details of this new approach, which could revolutionize how fish stocks are managed in lakes, are presented in a recent issue of the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Contact: Jean-François Huppé
Université Laval

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
Gloop from the deep sea
ETH scientists are researching the unusual secretions of the hagfish. Over the next three years, the researchers will try to find out how this natural hydrogel can be harnessed for human use.

Contact: Simon Kuster
ETH Zurich

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Small but deadly: The chemical warfare of sea slugs
Brightly colored sea slugs are slurping deadly chemicals and stockpiling the most toxic compounds for use on their enemies. While the phenomenon sounds like the stuff of horror films, it is common practice for these "butterflies of the ocean", a new University of Queensland-led study published today in PLOS One has found.
Australian and Pacific Science Foundation, Australian Research Council (ARC), University of Queensland, Australian Government Postgraduate Endeavour Award, Mexican Council for Science and Technology

Contact: Karen Cheney
University of Queensland

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