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Microbiologists eavesdrop on the hidden lives of microbes

By Denise Brehm MITnews January 22, 2013

Microbiologists who study wild marine microbes, as opposed to the lab-grown variety, face enormous challenges in getting a clear picture of the daily activities of their subjects. But a team of scientists from MIT and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently figured out how to make the equivalent of ...

Paradise found for Latin America’s largest terrestrial mammal

Wildlife Conservation Society scientists have documented a thriving population of lowland tapirs — the strange forest and grassland-dwelling herbivore with the trunk-like snout — living in a network of remote national parks spanning the Peru-Bolivia border.

Using a combination of camera traps, along with interviews with park guards and subsistence ...

Faulty behavior

By Katie Neith Caltech January 8, 2013

In an earthquake, ground motion is the result of waves emitted when the two sides of a fault move—or slip—rapidly past each other, with an average relative speed of about three feet per second. Not all fault segments move so quickly, however—some slip slowly, through a process called creep, and ...

New study discovers how some corals can resist climate change

January 7, 2013

In a future shaped by climate change, where will ocean life still thrive? Are there heat resistant organisms that can survive a warmer ocean? A recent study from Stanford University published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences opens a window into how some reef-building corals ...

WHOI research projects awarded $5.2 M to support marine microbial research

There are more microbes in a bucket of seawater than there are people on Earth. Despite their abundance, humans are only just beginning to fathom the complex role marine microbes play in the ocean ecosystem. 

These tiny creatures are responsible for the chemical reactions that drive Earth’s marine biogeochemical cycles, ...

Exploring coral reef threats from changing ocean chemistry

Nichole Price, a post-doctoral researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will present data at the 2012 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting on groundbreaking research conducted at the Northern Line Islands archipelago during a 2010 expedition and follow-on studies (OS51H-06 · Friday, Dec. 7, 9:15 a.m. · ...

Microscopic indigestion caught in the act

Dalhousie University December 6, 2012

The Archibald Lab at Dalhousie led a team of researchers from across the globe that decoded the genetic blueprints of two tiny organisms, shedding light on a major feat of evolution.

Key Points: 

  • Photosynthesis is a key process to life on earth that only plants, algae and some bacteria ...

A big boost to BigBOSS

A $2.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the University of California at Berkeley, through the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics (BCCP), will fund the development of revolutionary technologies for BigBOSS, a project now in the proposal stage designed to study dark energy with unprecedented precision. ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation identifies 16 leading scientists to pursue high-risk research in marine microbial ecology

December 3, 2012

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced its Marine Microbiology Initiative investigator awards today, providing 16 scientists from 14 different institutions a total of up to $35 million over five years to pursue pioneering research in the field of marine microbial ecology. The funding will enable researchers to explore how ...

California Institute of Technology

More evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon

By Katie Neith Caltech November 29, 2012

For over 150 years, geologists have debated how and when one of the most dramatic features on our planet—the Grand Canyon—was formed. New data unearthed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) builds support for the idea that conventional models, which say the enormous ravine is 5 to ...