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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!.

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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

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Soft Robotics
'Squishy' robot fingers aid deep sea exploration
Researchers have designed the first application of soft robotics for the non-destructive sampling of fauna from the ocean floor Their recent expedition in the Red Sea successfully demonstrated the new technology, which could enhance researchers' ability to collect samples from largely unexplored habitats thousands of feet beneath the ocean surface, areas that scientists believe are biodiversity hotspots teeming with unknown life. The soft grippers also could be useful in underwater archaeology.
National Geographic Innovation Challenge Grant, National Science Foundation

Contact: Paul Karoff
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Rising carbon dioxide emissions pose 'intoxication' threat to world's ocean fish
UNSW Australia researchers have found that carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater could reach levels high enough to make fish 'intoxicated' and disoriented many decades earlier than previously thought, with serious implications for the world's fisheries.

Contact: Deborah Smith
University of New South Wales

Public Release: 20-Jan-2016
Exercise helps young baleen whales develop ability to store oxygen for extended dives
Baleen whale calves develop oxygen-carrying myoglobin as they mature, and exercise may drive the key component of early development, according to a study published Jan. 20, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rachel Cartwright from the California State University, Channel Islands, and colleagues.

Contact: Kayla Graham

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
Nature Climate Change
Livermore scientists find global ocean warming has doubled in recent decades
Lawrence Livermore scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, have found that half of the global ocean heat content increase since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades.

Contact: Anne Stark
DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
NASA sees wide-eyed Tropical Cyclone Victor
NASA satellites and instruments have been monitoring Tropical Cyclone Victor, a hurricane in the South Pacific Ocean with a large eye. NASA's Aqua satellite, NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite and the RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station have all gathered data on the storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
Marine Biology
NSU researcher studying potential invasive species in S. Gulf of Mexico
Studying invasive species is the specialty of Matthew Johnston, Ph.D., a researcher at NSU's Guy Harvey Research Institute. His latest research centers around the diminutive regal damselfish, found in non-native waters in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Contact: Joe Donzelli
Nova Southeastern University

Public Release: 19-Jan-2016
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
'Twilight zone' fish swim silently with forked tails
An international team of researchers has identified a way to predict which reef fish can live across a greater range of depths, increasing their chances of surviving natural disasters such as cyclones and coral bleaching. They found that tail shape can help predict if a fish is likely to exist across a range of water depths.
Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Contact: Jenny Lappin
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 18-Jan-2016
Marine Biodiversity
Living fossils and rare corals revealed
A team of Australian and German researchers has published their analysis of data, specimens, photographs and video footage collected in 2009, when they sent a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to a depth of 800 meters (2,625 ft) at Osprey Reef off the far-northern coast of eastern Australia.

Contact: Linden Woodward
James Cook University

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