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Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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ScienceShot: How Jellyfish Poop Fouls Up the Food Chain
6 June 2011 3:00 pm
April showers bring May flowers, but April pollution brings May jellyfish "blooms." The sudden, seasonal appearance of thousands of the creatures occurs in waters warmed by climate change and in areas where overfishing has removed the food competition for invasive jellies. To study how these blooms affect ocean food chains, researchers examined two species of jellyfish that bloom in the Chesapeake Bay every summer. When these jellyfish dine on zooplankton and other carbon-fixing organisms, they convert the food into a gelatinous, carbon-rich excretion. A few, normally rare species of bacteria quickly eat this waste and convert its carbon into CO2, the researchers report online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today. This removes the carbon from the waters, preventing fish and other organisms from using it as a food source, ultimately starving out some sea life.
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