New posts in the Notes from the Field blog – Beakers and Blankets: Readying for SABOR’s Ocean Voyage

Originally Published by EO - Starting July 2014, scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space. For the next three weeks, follow SABOR researchers as they work toward finding out how and why plankton are changing around the planet, and where the carbon associated with plankton goes. Plankton play an important part of the climate system and deliver oxygen to the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, and form the base of the marine food chain.

Posted on July 16th, 2014

Study shows how young genes become essential for life

Caption: This is imagery of cells dividing, recorded from video microscopy. The image on the left depicts normal cell division in a fruit fly cell. The cell on the right has had the Umbrea gene removed, and has failed to divide normally, resulting in cell death.  Credit: Photos courtesy Barbara MelloneOriginally Published by EurekAlert! - Researchers from UConn and other institutions in the US and abroad have shown how a relatively young gene can acquire a new function and become essential to an organism's life.

Posted on June 8th, 2013

Ancient Plants Reawaken: Plants Exposed by Retreating Glaciers Regrowing After Centuries Entombed Under Ice

Photograph of grasses. Credit: ScienceDailyOriginally Published by ScienceDaily - When University of Alberta researcher Catherine La Farge threads her way through the recently exposed terrain left behind by retreating glaciers, she looks at the ancient plant remains a lot closer than most.

Posted on June 4th, 2013
Biodiversity, Would You Believe?

Russian scientists make rare find of ‘blood’ in mammoth

 A researcher in Yakutsk on May 13 next to a carcass of a female mammoth found on an island in the Arctic Ocean. Russian scientists claimed Wednesday they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the prehistoric animal.  Read more at: Published by - Russian scientists claimed they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the prehistoric animal.

Posted on June 3rd, 2013
Biodiversity, Would You Believe?

Anti-badger cull rally takes place

- Several hundred people attend a rally in London opposing the badger culls aimed at tackling TB in cattle.

Posted on June 1st, 2013

UN Warns of Global Shift ‘From a Fish to a Jellyfish Ocean’

Mnemiopsis leidyi at the New England Aquarium (Photo by Steven G. Johnson)Originally Published by ENS - Jumps in jellyfish populations following overfishing is one reason why fish in the Mediterranean and Black seas are declining, finds a new United Nations report that advocates factoring jellyfish “blooms” into fisheries management strategies.

Posted on May 31st, 2013
Biodiversity, Oceans

Apes are emotional about choices

Photo of two chimpanzees. Credit: BBCOriginally Published by the BBC - Chimpanzees and bonobos react emotionally - sometimes appearing to throw "tantrums" - when they take risks that fail to pay off, say scientists.

Posted on May 30th, 2013

Research on Microbes Points To New Tools for Conservation

Photo of a pair of frogs. Courtesy of Vance VrendenburgOriginally Published by e360 - Improvements in DNA technology now make it possible for biologists to identify every living organism in and around a species. Scientists say this could have profound implications for everything from protecting amphibians from a deadly fungus to reintroducing species into the wild.

Posted on May 28th, 2013

Turtle rescued after swallowing plastic

- An injured turtle found by a fisherman in Florida has been returned to the sea after being treated at a rescue centre.

Posted on May 25th, 2013

Scientist at Work Blog: A Vital River, Drained of Wildlife

- A researcher and his family watched as pairs of Irrawaddy dolphins breached and frolicked, their whimsical play in sharp contrast to the species’ grim reality.

Posted on May 24th, 2013