50-million-year-old clam shells provide indications of future of El Nino phenomenon
Earth warming will presumably not lead to a permanent El Niño state in the South Pacific Ocean. This is the conclusion drawn by an international team of researchers after it investigated 50-million-year-old clam shells ...
Antibacterial effect of phenolic compounds from peat moss and the polysaccharide chitosan
The polysaccharide (sugar substance) chitosan has a documented antibacterial effect. Hilde Mellegard's doctoral research shows that this antibacterial activity varies according to the chemical composition ...
Sea smarts: Scientists studying mollusks discover there is more than one way to make a brain
(PhysOrg.com) -- Seemingly simple animals such as the snail and squid have ransacked the genetic toolkit over the last half billion years to find different ways to build complex brains, nervous systems and shells, according ...
Shell divers shut off North Sea oil leak
Divers working for oil giant Shell have turned off the valve which has been leaking oil into the North Sea causing the worst spill in the area for a decade, the company said Friday. ...
North Sea oil leak biggest in decade: Britain
An oil spill from a platform off Scotland in the North Sea is the biggest in the region in a decade, the British government said Monday as energy giant Shell battled to close off the leak completely.
Shells slim down with CO2
Marine algae that turn carbon dissolved in seawater into shell will produce thinner and thinner shells as carbon dioxide levels increase.
US opens ways for Shell Arctic Ocean drilling
US officials have granted oil giant Shell conditional approval to begin drilling exploration wells in the Arctic Ocean from next year, a move swiftly slammed by conservationists as "inexcusable".
Danger lurking below the sand
A voracious predator that devours prey larger than itself has been found lurking beneath Queensland's golden sandy beaches.
Tortoise populations can withstand fires every 30 years
Populations of spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca), a species classified as vulnerable and at risk of extinction, can withstand fires if outbreaks occur once every three decades or more. However, the yo ...
Hanoi's renowned turtle free again
An ageing giant turtle revered as a symbol of Vietnam's independence struggle has won back her freedom back three months after being captured for medical treatment, an official said on Wednesday.
On Darwin and gender
In 1864, German naturalist Ernst Haeckel wrote to naturalist Charles Darwin, promising to send some marine shells that displayed a detailed representation of the Rhizopod organism. But for the ...
Hundreds of new species found in Philippines
Lobsters without shells and a small shark that bulks up with water to scare off predators are among hundreds of potential new species found in the Philippines, according to a US-led biodiversity survey.
Researchers discover 'superatoms' with magnetic shells
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of Virginia Commonwealth University scientists has discovered a new class of 'superatoms' a stable cluster of atoms that can mimic different elements of the periodic table ...
Center opens to protect rare turtle in Cambodia
(AP) -- An extremely rare soft-shell turtle species has a new, protected home in Cambodia.