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  • Current coral bleaching event is the longest known

    Coral reefs won’t be out of hot water for quite a while. These normally colorful undersea ecosystems are under increasing stress, mostly because of warming oceans. Now, researchers report that a global coral bleaching event began in June 2014. The longest on record, it has sapped the color out of vast areas of coral — and now threatens their health. The reefs affected cover a larger area than...

    07:00 AM, July 18, 2016 Animals, Algae & Fungi, Ecosystems, Weather & Climate
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Fighting big farm pollution with a tiny plant

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — Sometimes a tap water ban can prove a scientific wakeup call.

    When Toledo, Ohio told its residents not to drink tap water in 2014, Julia Hunckler, 17, took notice. This Marian High School junior lived across the state line in Mishawaka, Ind. The Ohio ban was due to toxins in Lake Erie. A summer bloom of algae had tainted the lake, which was used as a source of drinking...

    07:00 AM, June 15, 2016 Environment, Young Scientists, Algae & Fungi, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 6.2
  • Why some frogs can survive killer fungal disease

    Anna Savage hikes through a Florida swamp looking for frogs. She spots a shiny black critter hopping in the swamp grass. It’s a tiny cricket frog, no bigger than a bug. She’s hunting a killer infection — and the few frogs able to survive it.

    Learning what makes these frogs special could hold a key to managing the fungal scourge.

    Savage is a frog biologist at the University of...

    07:00 AM, June 6, 2016 Genetics, Animals, Algae & Fungi, Environment
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Eating toxic algae makes plankton speedy swimmers

    A meal of toxic algae puts a spring into a tiny ocean-dwelling plankton’s trek. The bad news: That just might send it straight into the jaws of a hungry fish.

    Copepods (KO-puh-podz) are relatives of shrimp and lobsters. But very tiny cousins. They grow to be only about 1.5 millimeters (less than 0.06 inch) long. Still, size isn’t everything. Each one can suck in 100 liters (26.4 gallons...

    07:00 AM, May 30, 2016 Animals, Algae & Fungi, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • Fattier yeast live long and prosper

    Many people frown at the thought of fattening up. But fats can be useful because they store energy. And new research finds that having extra fat might be good — for yeast, at least. Their “fat” cells can outlive lean ones.

    For now, it’s unclear what these results mean for people — or even simpler organisms such as worms and flies.

    Yeast consist of only a single cell. Still, the...

    07:00 AM, April 1, 2016 Cells, Genetics, Algae & Fungi, Evolution
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Some otters wear red algae

    In the fall of 2010, Gena Bentall looked to sea through a telescope that was on the edge of a cliff along the California coast. It was not far from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she worked on sea otter research and conservation. The aquarium aims to protect otters, a species threatened with extinction. On this fall day, she and her colleagues made an unusual observation. A large male otter...

    07:00 AM, December 17, 2015 Animals, Algae & Fungi
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Algal poison can harm sea lion memory

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — There is no locally caught crab on the menu here. The state of California warned earlier this year that these crustaceans should not be eaten. The reason? They may have high levels of a powerful chemical that poisons the nervous system. It can lead to death, even in people. Certain algae make this toxin. And there’s been a huge bloom of them off of the state’s coast...

    17:00 PM, December 15, 2015 Animals, Algae & Fungi, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 6.8
  • Banana threat: Attack of the clones

    The fight to save the banana just got more challenging. A fungus that threatens the world’s most popular fruit is spreading, according to a new study. And it’s doing so despite massive efforts to stop it.

    At risk is the sweet “Cavendish” banana sold in North America and Europe. But that's not all. There are 400 edible varieties of banana, and many of them also are susceptible to killing...

    07:00 AM, December 4, 2015 Plants, Algae & Fungi, Agriculture, Genetics
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Scientists identify plankton from space

    Plankton — tiny organisms drifting in the sea — often are too small to see without a microscope. But with the help of some math and a very powerful imaging device, scientists for the first time have identified a species of plankton from space. Finding out which plankton are proliferating can help researchers learn more about toxic threats in the ocean. For instance, it might help determine if...

    07:00 AM, December 1, 2015 Oceans, Space, Animals, Algae & Fungi
    Readability Score: 7.0
  • Cool Jobs: Finding foods for the future

    Meet dulse, a seaweed with a secret.

    This translucent red alga grows along northern, rocky coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. And its colorful, leathery fronds hide a remarkable flavor. When tossed with oil and fried in a pan, they taste like bacon.

    “I think it is a food of the future,” says Chris Langdon. This marine scientist has been studying dulse for more than a...

    07:00 AM, September 25, 2015 Nutrition, Genetics, Algae & Fungi, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 6.5

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