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Public Release: 14-Aug-2015
'Fishing expedition' nets nearly tenfold increase in number of sequenced virus genomes
Using a specially designed computational tool as a lure, scientists have netted the genomic sequences of almost 12,500 previously uncharacterized viruses from public databases.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Tula Foundation-funded Centre for Microbial Diversity and Evolution

Contact: Matthew Sullivan
Ohio State University

Public Release: 14-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the Geologists' Association
Ancient British shores teemed with life -- shows study by Bristol undergraduate
The diversity of animal life that inhabited the coastlines of South West England 200 million years ago has been revealed in a study by an undergraduate at the University of Bristol.

Contact: Philippa Walker
University of Bristol

Public Release: 14-Aug-2015
Molecular BioSystems
The potential in your pond
They discovered that Euglena has the genetic information to make many different natural compounds: we simply don't yet know what they are or what they can do.

Contact: Geraldine Platten
John Innes Centre

Public Release: 14-Aug-2015
Fishery Experts Focus on Managing Ecosystems Under Stress
Fishery experts focus on managing ecosystems under stress
Scientists, policymakers, and fishermen will discuss what is being done to apply a more comprehensive, ecosystem-based approach to managing ocean resources during the 145th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, being held this year Aug. 16-20 in Portland. Warming temperatures, overfishing, and habitat destruction are among the threats affecting US ocean ecosystems.

Contact: Erik Robinson
Pew Charitable Trusts, Ocean Science

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
USF research collaboration compares IXTOC oil spill to Deepwater Horizon spill
USF, UNAM, and other universities collaborate in a research project to study the impact of the 1980 IXTOC oil spill and use that data to project what the area impacted by the Deepwater Horizon spill will be like in the next 35 years.
BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative

Contact: Aaron Nichols
University of South Florida (USF Health)

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Satellite sees a fan-shaped Tropical Storm Molave
When NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Tropical Storm Molave in the North Pacific early on Aug. 13, it looked like a desk fan, with a 'blade' made up of clouds and thunderstorms, top and bottom of the center.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
NASA's RapidScat sees diminishing winds in Tropical Storm Hilda
As Tropical Storm Hilda creeps closer to the Big Island of Hawaii, NASA's RapidScat instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station observed its diminishing winds.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
NFWF and SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announce new ocean health initiative
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., today announced the creation of the Ocean Health Initiative, a new marine conservation program designed to protect and restore coastal and marine habitats across the country. SeaWorld has pledged $1.5 million over three years for the initiative.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Contact: Elizabeth Bassler
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Heat release from stagnant deep sea helped end last Ice Age
The build-up and subsequent release of warm, stagnant water from the deep Arctic Ocean and Nordic Seas played a role in ending the last Ice Age within the Arctic region, according to new research led by a UCL scientist.

Contact: Ruth Howells
University College London

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
How do continents break up?
Classical theory of mantle plume is put in question.

Contact: F. Ossing
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Environmental Chemistry
Sediment dwelling creatures at risk from nanoparticles in common household products
The review, published today in the journal Environmental Chemistry, highlights the risks posed to aquatic organisms when nanoparticles 'transform' on contact with water and as they pass from water to sediment and then into sediment dwelling organisms.

Contact: Louise Vennells
University of Exeter

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Current Environmental Health Reports
Toxic blue-green algae pose increasing threat to nation's drinking, recreational water
Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are a poorly monitored and underappreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States, and may increasingly pose a global health threat.
US Geological Survey, National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Otten
Oregon State University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Nature Geoscience
CO2 emissions change with size of streams and rivers
Researchers have shown that the greenhouse gas appears in streams by way of two different sources -- either as a direct pipeline for groundwater and carbon-rich soils, or from aquatic organisms releasing the gas through respiration and natural decay.

Contact: Michelle Ma
University of Washington

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Suomi NPP satellite sees Molave on the move
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Tropical Storm Molave as it was moving away from Japan.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Royal Society Open Science
Male elephant seals use 'voice recognition' to identify rivals, study finds
Male elephant seals compete fiercely for access to females during the breeding season, and their violent, bloody fights take a toll on both winners and losers. These battles are relatively rare, however, and a new study shows that the males avoid costly fights by learning the distinctive vocal calls of their rivals. When they recognize the call of another male, they know whether to attack or flee depending on the challenger's dominance status.
US Office of Naval Research, Centre national de la recherche scientifique

Contact: Tim Stephens
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
NASA sees heavy rain in Hurricane Hilda, south of Hawaii
Hurricane Hilda has been on a weakening trend and by Aug. 12 it weakened to a tropical storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
This week from AGU: Natural arches, Italian earthquake, Canadian rivers & research papers
Natural arches hum their health and scientists are listening For the first time, scientists have found a way to detect if the breathtaking natural arches of Utah's Canyonlands and Arches national parks are suffering from internal damage that could lead to their collapse, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters.

Contact: Leigh Cooper
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Nature Geoscience
Significant breath from streams and rivers
Running streams are key sources of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, but why is it so? An international team of researchers, led by Umeå University, publishes the answer in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience.

Contact: Anna-Lena Lindskog
Umea University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Better estimates of worldwide mercury pollution
An international team led by MIT researchers has conducted a new analysis that provides more accurate estimates of sources of mercury emissions around the world.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Abby Abazorius
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Scientific Reports
Are marine organisms evolving to protect their young in response to ocean acidification?
Marine organisms living in acidified waters exhibit a tendency to nurture their offspring to a greater extent than those in more regular conditions.

Contact: Andrew Merrington
University of Plymouth

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Decoding the genome of an alien
OIST researchers and collaborators have sequenced and analyzed an octopus genome, making it the first cephalopod to be decoded.
Molecular Genetics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Kaoru Natori
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Rare octopus shocks scientists with unusual mating and reproductive strategies
A remarkable yet little-known species of octopus is once again exciting the cephalopod community with its surprisingly social behavior, unconventional mating and reproductive habits, unusual predatory behavior, and unique body patterns, most of which have never before been observed among octopuses. A team of scientists -- including Richard Ross, senior aquarium biologist and cephalopod expert from the California Academy of Sciences -- will publish the results of their multi-year behavioral study this week in the journal PLOS ONE.

Contact: Kelly Mendez
California Academy of Sciences

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Octopus genome reveals cephalopod secrets
Researchers from UC Berkeley, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and University of Chicago sequenced and annotated the first cephalopod genome, the California two-spot octopus. They found widespread rearrangements of genes and a dramatic expansion of a family of genes involved in neuronal development that was once thought to be unique to vertebrates. Study of this and other cephalopod genomes will help reveal the genetic basis for these creatures' unusual behavior and physiology.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Contact: Robert Sanders
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Evolution peaks on tropical mountain
Tropical mountains have an exceptionally high biodiversity. This is also the case for Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. During an expedition, organized by Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Sabah Parks, experts investigated the local fauna, flora, and fungi. They discovered that most of the unique species that occur in the area had evolved later than the age of the mountain itself, and that some had evolved from immigrant ancestors, whereas others evolved from local ancestors. These findings are published in Nature.
Netherlands FES-funding, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, Alberta Mennega Foundation, Ecology Fund of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Foundation, Pro Acarologia Basiliensis

Contact: Astrid Kromhout
Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Octopus genome sequenced
The first whole genome analysis of an octopus reveals unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. The findings are published in Nature on Aug. 12, 2015.
National Science Foundation, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, the Molecular Genetics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Contact: Kevin Jiang
University of Chicago Medical Center

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