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Public Release: 10-Jun-2013
NASA animation sees Post-Tropical Storm Andrea speed away
Post-Tropical cyclone Andrea's remnants sped into the North Atlantic Ocean over the weekend of June 8 and 9.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 10-Jun-2013
Freshwater Biology
Research shows river dredging reduced fish numbers, diversity
Comparing dredged and undredged sections of the Allegheny River, reduced populations of fish and less variety of aquatic life occurred in areas where gravel extraction took place, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences,.

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Penn State

Public Release: 10-Jun-2013
Potentially 'catastrophic' changes underway in Canada's northern Mackenzie River Basin: report
Canada's Mackenzie River basin -- among the world's most important major ecosystems -- is poorly studied, inadequately monitored, and at serious risk due to climate change and resource exploitation, a panel of international scientists warn. Largest single threat to the Basin: a potential breach in the tailings ponds at one of the large oil sands sites mining surface bitumen. A breach in winter sending tailings liquid under the ice "would be virtually impossible to remediate or clean-up."

Contact: Terry Collins
Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy

Public Release: 7-Jun-2013
Ecological Modelling
Drought, river fragmentation forcing endangered fish out of water, biologist finds
A researcher is discovering that the North American drought has caused dramatic changes in native fish communities.

Contact: Keith Gido
Kansas State University

Public Release: 7-Jun-2013
Oh brother, where art thou?
Many animals are able to discriminate between related and unrelated individuals but how they do so has proven remarkably difficult to understand. Joachim Frommen and colleagues at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have investigated the issue using the three-spined stickleback and its shoaling preferences as a model system. It turns out that the fish prefer kin to unrelated conspecifics, regardless of how familiar they are with individual shoal members.

Contact: Sarah Zala
University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Marine Mammal Science
Stranded orcas hold critical clues for scientists
The development of a standardized killer-whale necropsy system has boosted the complete data from killer-whale strandings from two percent to about 33 percent, according to a recent study from a team of scientists, including a University of California, Davis wildlife veterinarian.

Contact: Joe Gaydos
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Journal of Morphology
Smithsonian scientists confirm theory regarding the origins of the sucking disc of remoras
Remora fish, with a sucking disc on their heads, have been the stuff of legend. They often attach themselves to boat hulls and were once thought to purposely slow the boat down. While that is a misunderstanding, something else not well understood was the origins of the fish's sucking disc. Scientists at the Smithsonian and London's Natural History Museum, however, have solved that mystery proving that the disc is actually a greatly modified dorsal fin.

Contact: John Gibbons

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Journal of Experimental Biology
By trying it all, predatory sea slug learns what not to eat
Researchers found that a type of predatory sea slug with a simple nervous system has more complex cognitive abilities than previously thought, allowing it to learn the warning cues of dangerous prey and avoid them in the future.

Contact: Chelsey B. Coombs
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
NASA sees heavy rainfall in tropical storm Andrea
NASA's TRMM satellite passed over Tropical Storm Andrea right after it was named, while NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of the storm's reach hours beforehand.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Alpine lakes reflect climate change
Increases in temperature as a result of climate change are mirrored in lake waters where temperatures are also on the rise. A new study, by Dr. Martin Dokulil, retired researcher from the Institute for Limnology at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, forecasts surface water temperatures in large Austrian lakes for 2050 and discusses the impact on the lakes' structure, function and water quality. The research is published online in Springer's journal Hydrobiologia.
Austrian Federal Forests

Contact: Joan Robinson

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Gannets don't eat off each other's plates
Colonies of gannets maintain vast exclusive fishing ranges despite doing nothing to defend their territory from rival colonies, scientists have discovered.
Natural Environmental Research Council

Contact: Chris Bunting
University of Leeds

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Nature Communications
Living fossils? Actually, sturgeon are evolutionary speedsters
Efforts to restore sturgeon in the Great Lakes region have received a lot of attention in recent years, and many of the news stories note that the prehistoric-looking fish are "living fossils" virtually unchanged for millions of years.
National Science Foundation, Miller Institute for Basic Research

Contact: Jim Erickson
University of Michigan

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Frontiers news briefs: June 6
This week's news briefs include: Immune regulation of ovarian development; metagenome reveals potential microbial degradation of hydrocarbon coupled with sulfate reduction; and the first metallophyte discovered in South America.

Contact: Gozde Zorlu

Public Release: 6-Jun-2013
Current Biology
Rutgers findings may predict the future of coral reefs in a changing world
Rutgers scientists have described for the first time the biological process of how corals create their skeletons, which form massive and ecologically vital coral reefs in the world's oceans. They identified specific proteins secreted by corals that precipitate carbonate to form the corals' characteristic skeleton.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Carl Blesch
732-932-7084 x616
Rutgers University

Public Release: 5-Jun-2013
TechConnect-National Innovation Summit
Partnership aims to reduce pollution from 'microplastics'
A grant to a VIMS research team will help them develop and test a biodegradable replacement for one of the two main sources of marine microplastic pollution -- the "microbeads" found in scores of household products.
Virginia Innovation Partnership

Contact: David Malmquist
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Public Release: 5-Jun-2013
Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers
MBARI research shows where trash accumulates in the deep sea
Surprisingly large amounts of discarded trash end up in the ocean. Plastic bags, aluminum cans, and fishing debris not only clutter our beaches, but accumulate in open-ocean areas such as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Now, a paper by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows that trash is also accumulating in the deep sea, particularly in Monterey Canyon.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Public Release: 5-Jun-2013
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Pollution controls increase beach attendance, study shows
Southern California beaches with storm drain diversion systems attract millions more people annually, a new study in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin shows.
NOAA, Restore America's Estuaries

Contact: Erin McKenzie
Duke University

Public Release: 5-Jun-2013
A lucky catch: A tiny new fish, Haptoclinus dropi, from the southern Caribbean
A lucky catch, a new species of tiny blenniiform fish has been discovered as a part of the Smithsonian Institution's Deep Reef Observation Project. The new, beautifully colored Haptoclinus dropi was described in the open access journal Zookeys. Only about 2 cm long, it was collected from poorly studied deep reefs that lie beyond the reach of scuba divers. It represents the second species in the genus and an exciting catch for Caribbean marine diversity.

Contact: Carole C. Baldwin
Pensoft Publishers

Public Release: 4-Jun-2013
Journal of Microbiological Methods
Assay developed to rapidly detect disease that hurt oyster industry
Scientists have developed a new, inexpensive and precise way to detect the toxin secreted by Vibrio tubiashii, a bacterial disease that a few years ago caused millions of dollars in losses to the oyster aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest.
US Department of Agriculture, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Contact: Claudia Hase
Oregon State University

Public Release: 4-Jun-2013
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New model finds common muscle control patterns governing the motion of swimming animals
What do swimmers like trout, eels and sandfish lizards have in common? According to a new study, the similar timing patterns that these animals use to contract their muscles and produce undulatory swimming motions can be explained using a simple model.
National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Contact: John Toon
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 4-Jun-2013
Freshwater Biology
Australian lake untouched by climate change
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that a lake on an island off the coast of Queensland, Australia, has been relatively untouched by changes in climate for the past 7,000 years, and has so far also resisted the impact of humans.

Contact: Cameron Barr
University of Adelaide

Public Release: 4-Jun-2013
Nature Communications
An 'extinct' frog makes a comeback in Israel
The first amphibian to have been officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature has been rediscovered in the north of Israel after some 60 years and turns out to be a unique "living fossil," without close relatives among other living frogs.

Contact: Jerry Barach
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Public Release: 4-Jun-2013
Biology Letters
Sexual selection in the sea
Biologists have uncovered new insights into how the male sexual behavior of the peculiar southern bottletail squid is primed to produce the greatest number of offspring.
Monash University

Contact: Courtney Karayannis
Monash University

Public Release: 3-Jun-2013
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures more susceptible to viruses that can affect human health
Virginia Tech scientists have discovered mosquitoes reared in cooler temperatures have weaker immune systems, making them more susceptible to dangerous viruses and thus more likely to transmit diseases to people. The finding may have a bearing on urban epidemics resulting from viral diseases, such as West Nile fever and chikungunya fever, which are transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

Contact: Lindsay Taylor Key
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 3-Jun-2013
A new species of marine fish from 408 million years ago discovered in Teruel
Researchers from the University of Valencia and the Natural History Museum of Berlin have studied the fossilised remains of scales and bones found in Teruel and the south of Zaragoza, ascertaining that they belong to a new fish species called Machaeracanthus goujeti that lived in that area of the peninsula during the Devonian period. The fossils are part of the collection housed in the Palaeontology Museum of Zaragoza.

Contact: SINC
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

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