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Posts tagged marine biology

December 2, 2005

 

Dolphins and Sponges

We humans tend to favor animals that behave like we do, like dolphins. Scientists have discovered another reason for us to favor dolphins. Like chimps, dolphins use tools to look for food, but while chimps use sticks, a handful of dolphins in Australia’s Shark Bay use sea sponges.

October 21, 2005

 

Photosynthesis without Sunlight

Photosynthesis is the biochemical process in which energy from sunlight is converted by plants, algae, and some bacteria into sugars, which are used by the organism as food. That is, these organisms convert the energy of the sun into a different form of energy. However, there is a least one exception: a little bacterium deep under the Pacific Ocean which manages photosynthesis without sunlight. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 22, 2005

 

Hagfish Slime

Our planet is inhabited by a host of strange and remarkable creatures, but few as strange or remarkable, if you ask me, as hagfish. Hagfish are eel-like fish about a foot long. They have a small mouth that lacks jaws and teeth. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

August 11, 2005

 

Lamprey Love, It’s a Bile Thing

Do you know what a lamprey is? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

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